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Bear Necessities S 
Chief Running Bush T 
Chutes and Daggers S 
Congolese Crescendo T 
Forbidden Coast Line T 
Gabonese Grin T 
Hear No Evil T 
Me Tarzan T 
Monkey Sea Foam S 
Monkey Shoulder T,S 
One Degree of Separation S 
Scapular Arete T 
See No Evil S 
She Jane S 
Simeon Smile S 
Source of de Nile, The T 
Swinging From Limbs T 
Swinging on Webs S 
Touch No Evil T,S 
Zoo Keeper T,S 

Distant Drum Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,400'
Location: 37.754, -111.8714 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Roy Suggett on May 29, 2012

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This is a remote and shady area extending beyond the "Lower Jungle" and the demarcation of the interface is the "Authors Tower" and "Ishmael's Tower." "Authors Tower" forms a tunnel over the trail and has many routes on it, eg. "Rudyard Kipling." This area is broken into two sub-walls: the "Commuter's Wall" characterized by shorter routes and the "Village Wall" with longer routes. These areas are separated at the route known as "The Bare Necessities," at this point the trail drops quickly and the cliff band dramatically increases in height.

Getting There 

There are three "new" trails into this area. You can use the existing trail in the "Lower Jungle" which once ran as far as the "Towers Section" and the last tower "Ismaels Tower" but now has been extended north for about 4km. This trail leads you along a wall with a few new possible routes, albeit 40 to 60 footers and is known as the "Commuter Wall." The trail then drops abruptly exposing what gave this old cragger a "pay dirt" moment! From the drop and arching first north then northeast are a remarkable band of tall faces on quality rock. There are sport and trad routes to be developed here, many of which will require two pitches and stout first ascentionists! The wall, now being known as the "Village Wall" goes on for at least another kilometer. The other trails lead down from new campsites above and northwest of the "Jungle." There is a cairns marking the campsites near and south of where the road changes from gravel to saw dust and flags marking the trails (see topo on cover page). These are mountaineer's trails to be sure! There are fixed hardware and ropes to assist, though no rapping is required. The southern trail dumps you out closer to the "Commuter Wall" and the northern trail puts you closer to the "Village Wall"(see topo below). The last trail down can be located by finding the old over grown logging road east of the main road and before the east side cell tower. Just south of a large debris pile from logging, the old road leads east to the edge. Look for a cairned chimney. It takes no ropes (there are fixed pieces of iron set inside the chute to assist) and about 5 minutes to climb through (5.6ish) dropping you right on the trail (near the 5.9, Zoo Keeper) and at the end of the "Village Wall" near the beginning of "The Planet of the Apes Area." This would save you about 30 min.s of walking at the base of the cliffs through the "Lower Jungle", and first parts of "The Distant Drum Area" (see topo below). It is fast but not for dogs or the faint of heart!

Climbing Season

For the Jungle, on the Aquarius Plateau area.

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Distant Drum

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Distant Drum:
Zoo Keeper   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 80'   
Simeon Smile   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 45'   
Monkey Shoulder   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 120'   
The Source of de Nile   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   
Chutes and Daggers   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 80'   
She Jane   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, Alpine, 50'   
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Chutes and Daggers 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  Utah : Jungle, on the Aquarius Pla... : Distant Drum
Start to the left of a brushy low angle corner below a smooth sheet of crimson patina. A few long moves to positive edges and a touchy mantle lead to the third bolt and the first crux, a delicate rightward traverse. Don't peel off these awkward moves and you'll be rewarded with a rest below a small broken roof.You may be tempted to traverse further right to an obvious jug and a stance in the brush gully; refrain from doing so as it sets you up completely backwards for the next crux (wh...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: The beautiful terrain is a major distraction at Th...
The beautiful terrain is a major distraction at Th...
Rock Climbing Photo: With an anchor at the top and the first 5 bolts in...
BETA PHOTO: With an anchor at the top and the first 5 bolts in...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ella listening to Elk. Down chute in the back grou...
BETA PHOTO: Ella listening to Elk. Down chute in the back grou...
Rock Climbing Photo: Look for this marker from the trail to find the ch...
BETA PHOTO: Look for this marker from the trail to find the ch...
Rock Climbing Photo: From the trail looking in the direction of the chu...
BETA PHOTO: From the trail looking in the direction of the chu...
Rock Climbing Photo: The start of the chute from the trail
BETA PHOTO: The start of the chute from the trail
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying the scenery, and fall colors at the base ...
Enjoying the scenery, and fall colors at the base ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Northeast and end of the "Village Wall"
BETA PHOTO: Northeast and end of the "Village Wall"
Rock Climbing Photo: Rich Magner, First Ascent
Rich Magner, First Ascent

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