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Hellgate Highway 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Sport, 4 pitches, 380'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Nathan Smith, Jake Hirschi 2015
Season: Try the Outdoor season
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Submitted By: zoso on Sep 9, 2016

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BETA PHOTO: Us on the deck. First bolt is in the red circle, s...

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  • Description 

    4 pitches of well bolted Hellgate goodness. Expect mostly good rock with some of the usual for the area. Not soft for the grade. A great line. Thanks to the FA's for all the work.

    Location 

    Find the start by, you know, by looking at the picture in the book.
    Nuff said.

    4 raps with a 60m. A 70m gives you a bit of breathing room though.

    Protection 

    All draws.
    P1: 12 bolts. Crux is the obvious little roof/bulge...5.9?
    P2: 12 bolts. Traverse left a bit into a shallow corner.
    P3: 16 bolts. Enjoy the pockets. Best pitch.
    P4: 12? bolts. Slabbier and a bit dirty here and there but still fun to nearly top out. Shares anchor with Walking with Giants.


    Photos of Hellgate Highway Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Hellgate Condominiums is the red arrow at the bott...
    BETA PHOTO: Hellgate Condominiums is the red arrow at the bott...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Great view from Anchor 1. Snowbird included.
    Great view from Anchor 1. Snowbird included.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Just starting the climb, looking east. Red is Towe...
    BETA PHOTO: Just starting the climb, looking east. Red is Towe...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the tippy top. You can see that ...
    BETA PHOTO: Looking down from the tippy top. You can see that ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: This is the top anchor, at the end of several mete...
    BETA PHOTO: This is the top anchor, at the end of several mete...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Every anchor has 3 good bolts. Anchor 1 (this phot...
    BETA PHOTO: Every anchor has 3 good bolts. Anchor 1 (this phot...
    Rock Climbing Photo: One of a few bolts on pitch 1 that are unsavory
    BETA PHOTO: One of a few bolts on pitch 1 that are unsavory
    Rock Climbing Photo: Pearly Gates = Yellow  Hellgate Highway = Green  W...
    Pearly Gates = Yellow Hellgate Highway = Green W...

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    By zaq
    Sep 18, 2016
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    Climbed earlier today, there is for sure a pitch above the 3rd anchors. Didnt do it because of time restrictions.

    A lot of loose rock, even on the route. Classic hellgate
    By Kyle Rummens
    From: North Salt Lake, UT
    Nov 1, 2016

    BRING A HELMET. I almost died yesterday when a bowling ball sized rock landed inches from me at the bottom of the climb. I don't think a helmet would have done much in that situation... but still. bring a helmet.
    By zoso
    Nov 1, 2016

    Glad your'e OK.

    As a reminder, the main Hellgate cliff in general should be avoided after storms and in the spring. Mid summer and dry Falls are considered safest.
    By Channing Lowe
    Jun 24, 2017

    Recent photos show a sketchy bolt. Most the bolts are in good shape. This route is bolted every 8-12 feet, so it feels quite safe. More than the bolts, be aware of loose rock. We climbed this route and a couple of times, holds pulled right off. Most of the rock is quite solid, it's just that a few sections has crumbly crimps and jugs. Wear a helmet and I would not recommend climbing this route if someone is above you. There are enough diagonal and traversing sections that you usually don't have to worry about the rock falling on you as much as those waiting to climb below (they could be in danger from the stuff you knock off). Enjoyable scenery and, I believe, worth climbing, despite the loose stuff.
    By Buddy Lindsey
    Jun 27, 2017
    rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Incredible fun!

    Approach tip: See the aerial photo with red and blue lines to see exactly how to find the route.

    Pitch 2 tip: At Anchor 1 you will see a single bolt straight above you about 10 feet. I don't know what this bolt is for. To reach the second pitch one must traverse to the left (west) about 10 feet, where there is another bolt at waist level and a clear line straight up from there.

    Be so careful when climbing to kick down as little scree as possible.

    I corroborate Kyle's use of all caps--BRING A HELMET. This was such an amazing experience for me and I will be going back as soon as I purchase a helmet.

    60M was barely enough rope to rappel from anchor 3 to anchor 2, and again from anchor 1 to the ground.

    Personally I would give this a 5.8+. Maybe that's just because it was 4 ******* pitches.
    By Crag Turkey
    From: Holladay, UT
    Jun 28, 2017

    Excellent setting, cool moves, and momentum spaced bolts. Even if there are a few spinners, one could easily clip every other bolt and still safely climb this. In fact, it's pretty easy to miss bolts especially on the 3rd pitch which tends to move around a bit. In any case, hats off to the FA team, this route must have cost a lot in bolts and time. Not to mention the vision for a moderate multi on main hellgate.

    Great for new leaders, and anyone looking for an easier sport multi pitch. If you're comfortable at the grade, have long slings, and a 70m, I would recommend linking P1-P2 and P3-P4. May want 20 draws if you do this.

    One note on the final pitch, this ends on a ledge that will likely have a good amount of choss. If you want to avoid choss, this is the pitch to skip, but you are at hellgate, and you wore your helmet (right? seriously it is insane not to wear one at Hellgate), it does get you to a cool spot at the top of the wall. I personally couldn't resist.
    By Nathan Gordon
    From: SLC, UT
    Sep 24, 2017

    Be careful, the bolt protecting the first overhang is actually loose. Not just the hanger but the bolt itself was moving.

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