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Type:  Ice, 2 pitches, 200'
Original: WI4 [details]
FA: Rick Wyatt & Doug Hansen, late 1970's
Season: Winter (Dec to Feb)
Page Views: 2,751
Submitted By: John Ross on Oct 29, 2006

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Climbers finishing the first pitch of Backoff.

Mt. Nebo Wilderness on south side of Santaquin Canyon. MORE INFO >>>


P1 (WI2): Climb the low angle bulges to the bottom of the more vertical P2. Look for belay chains up a ramp on the right. This pitch is sometimes thin with water running under the ice.

P2 (WI4): This is the business pitch, steeper and often thin. At the top on the right is a two bolt anchor (may be covered with ice). Over the top are anchors on the left.

Descent: Two rope rappel from anchors.


Found on the south side of the canyon .53 mile from the Trumbolt Picnic Area locked gate. The top of the route can be seen from the road. Scramble up the steep gully about 10 minutes to the base.

An alternate approach is to climb Squash Head, scramble above Squash Head's top anchors to the top of the ridge to rappel off of chains to the base of Backoff.


Pro: Bring a variety of ice screws depending on conditions (often thin).
Rope: double ropes
Anchors: Bolted - P1 chains are up a ramp to the right, P2 has a 2 bolt anchor at the top on the right. If those are ice covered use bolts over the top and on the left.

Under the right conditions avalanches can rip down this gully.

Photos of Backoff Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Back Off in pretty fat conditions. 2/18/13
Back Off in pretty fat conditions. 2/18/13
Rock Climbing Photo: Backoff - 1/20/13
Backoff - 1/20/13
Rock Climbing Photo: January 2013 - JR Rowley
January 2013 - JR Rowley
Rock Climbing Photo: Backoff

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By Sam Cannon
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 28, 2013

I dropped a 16cm screw (BD express) somewhere in the snow on the walkoff, I can identify markings if you find it. Otherwise fantastic route. As of Jan 2013 it looked pretty fat. What a climb!

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