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Blue Sky Mining 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: K. Maas, J. Howe, Early 1990's.
Season: Gets afternoon sun
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Submitted By: Tony B on Mar 21, 2007

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Named after the 'Midnight Oil' album, I presume.
A good route, but relatively short for the cliff. The climb has some variety and still packs a punch in its short length.


As you head left past the popular unnamed 11- handcrack (entered as 10+ on this site) you will come around a corner past a tree and see 2 short climbs, a 10+ on the right in a primarily right facing corner, and an 11- route switching from a crack on the right to a crack on the left at a horizontal 20' up.


One of everything from thin to 3.5" up top. Optional #4 camalot (new or old style) near the bottom in the obvious placement.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Michelle cruising up Blue Sky Mining. April 2011.
Michelle cruising up Blue Sky Mining. April 2011.
Rock Climbing Photo:  fun stuff. Very thin pro to start.
fun stuff. Very thin pro to start.

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By Jim Howe
From: Salt Lake city
Mar 29, 2007

Keith Maas and I put up both of those shorter routes "Blue sky mining" and "Midnight Oil" sometime in the early 90's or whenever that music was getting airplay. Keith was killed in an avalanche near Logan, UT.about '97. Climbing does make nice reminders of good times with good friends.
By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Mar 23, 2008

If you're gonna sew it up, bring doubles in about .75 C4 and down, and singles up to an old style #4 camalot. This route has an interesting face start.
By Jared Spaulding
From: Central WY
Mar 24, 2014

Climbed this the other day. One of the anchor bolts at the top is a bit loose. A number four Camalot with a long sling could easily back up the anchor if you are inclined.
By Sam Feuerborn
Nov 3, 2014

Anchor Fixed
By Clayton Knudson
From: Moab, UT
Apr 23, 2017

we put on an extension to this route to make it a full 30 meters (with permission from first assentionist). Gear: 0.2 (X1), 0.3 (X2), 0.4 (X2), 0.5 (X2), 0.75 (X4) in BD sizes. Delicate thin entry moves lead to stellar finger locks through a left leaning offset crack opening to a secure flare. One last sting in the tail getting out of the flare to the chains. I think 5.12- but interested in others input. Super fun and a bit pumpy. FA onsight by Alex Pfingsten.

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