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Back of the Reef Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: tenesmus on Nov 18, 2006


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There isn't as much rock on the back side, but there definitely is rock. Most of it is north and west facing and therefore freezing cold in the winter. However, there are a few pockets of SE facing rock.

Getting There 

Find a way through the reef. Its just best to consult a map for your specific destination. The Emery County OHV association maintains many established trails on old mining paths that are accessable to 4WD vehicles of various capabilities. Its a really good idea to check with them and get a good trail map and find out the conditions before heading out.

Climbing Season

For the San Rafael Swell - South area.

Weather station 20.2 miles from here

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From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Nov 22, 2006
Bit puzzled about this location. Many routes done on the Eastern reef Slabs are from about 400' and 2000' .Routes have also been climbed at the back of the Reef slabs. There is a massive amount of rock at the back of the Reef slabs some up to 800' . So where is the area as above which seems to be out of the main developed climbing area of the Reef?
By tenesmus
Dec 27, 2006
Just trying to note the vast area on the back side of the eastern reef. Per your suggestion, more specifics are found on the specific formations. I thought I was following your pattern, sorry if I messed it up.
By Ben Folsom
Dec 3, 2008
Paul, I think Tenesmus is referring to an area to the South of the main Reef. There is a road called the "Behind the Reef" road which is located down more towards Little Wildhorse Canyon.
Don't worry Tenny, you didn't mess up, Paul is just a mean, grumpy guy. J/K
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Dec 3, 2008
I resemble that remark>>>Cheeky bugga...........
By tenesmus
Dec 3, 2008
That's hilarious. After the non-reply I just kept my mouth shut.

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