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13.5 miles 
2.6 Miles - Prayer Stick 
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Comb Ridge Rock Climbing 


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Location: 37.2733, -109.6777 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: slim, Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Luke Douglas on Oct 25, 2008
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Comb Ridge. February 2013

  • DO NOT DISTURB ARTIFACTS,LEAVE NO TRACE
  • RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek MORE INFO >>>

  • Description 

    If you come to Comb Ridge you can expect some bad roads. You should not expect to see people. Instead, from the cottonwoods along the stream to the protected alcoves of the ridge itself you get a sense of why Utes and their ancestors called this place home. The late Triassic Wingate sandstone seems to fracture in a way that keeps the climbs here scattered.This fits perfectly with the appeal of this areas isolated expanse.
    The Moki steps which the areas former residents carved into the sweeping walls are especially appealing to climbers. A brilliant protective measure to avoid attack, could this be an example of an early Aid ascent? Impressive engineering and very powerful to view up close and in person.
    As you explore, please be respectful of the peckings,petroglyphs,ruins,and artifacts that depict the history of this sweet spot.
    Please leave no trace, and if needed pick up after the stupid and ignorant.

    Getting There 

    From US 191 at Bluff travel 4 miles south of town to US 163. Comb ridge will be apparent at 8 miles and in another half mile turn north onto county road 235.(Between mile marker 37 and 38.)This is a dirt desert road, enjoy.
    Expect typical desert talus cone approaches for the climbs.

    Respect and Protect 

    Please Respect and Protect archaeological sites: Stay on trail, help prevent damage. Don’t move artifacts, let everyone enjoy the discovery. Stay out of ancient buildings and off walls, they are fragile! Report looting and vandalism: 1 800 722 3998

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 6.8 miles from here

    5 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Comb Ridge

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Comb Ridge:
    Positive Mental Attitude (aka PMA)   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   13.5 miles
    Magic Man    5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 240'   2.6 Miles - Prayer Stick
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    Featured Route For Comb Ridge
    Rock Climbing Photo:  The purple line on the far left.

    Positive Mental Attitude (aka PMA) 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  Utah : Moab Area : ... : 13.5 miles
    This climb starts up a ramp and moves into a large left facing corner. Expect to climb face,stem,and lieback. It was reported that the first ascent team went to the summit and left a register. I was unable to locate it. The rap down from the anchors will drop you right over top of some really cool Moki Steps....[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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    Rock Climbing Photo: One of many ruins tucked into the canyons on the e...
    One of many ruins tucked into the canyons on the e...
    Rock Climbing Photo: The Comb ridge
    BETA PHOTO: The Comb ridge

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    By Luke Douglas
    Oct 25, 2008
    The Anasazi which in Dineh means "enemy ancestors" or "ancient people who are not with us" likely left this area at the end of the 13th century. The word Moki(Moqui) is from the Hopi peoples.They refer to their ancient ancestors in this manner which means simply "the dead".
    By bikesrockswaves
    From: Tucson, Arizona
    Mar 26, 2014
    Climbed "La Bonita" at Comb this past week. Excellent, though a bit of a mouthful as a classic unrespiting layback too wide for good hands most of the way. Drilled pins looked good. Replaced one piece of webbing; next party should replace the cord. Was one ring and one steel link; appeared original, but visibly fine and lowered off them. Took too #4 camalots and a #5 and 3 #3's. Wouldn't have minded another of each. Nothing smaller than #1 is relevant.

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