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Jun 7, 2012
saw this video online of jstar climbing at a crag called "the hoop" somewhere in the wasatch. Anybody heard of it? Location? Info? Looks cool. I pride myself in knowing the crags of Utah and I have never heard of this one.


Spencer Weiler
From Salt Lake city
Joined Jun 9, 2008
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Jun 7, 2012
I know nothing about it... but Google did tell me where Hoop Lake in Wasatch National Forrest is... campingroadtrip.com/campground... krbuckingham
Joined Aug 3, 2010
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Jun 7, 2012
That would be the climbing at Hoop Lake. I climbed there once 15+ years ago or so. I remember the rope that ran along the ledge at the base of the good routes and that the warm-ups were sharp. It's a pretty place and was worth the drive, though I think that the bugs ate us up that day. SilverSnurfer
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Jun 7, 2012
yeah, major cheese grater rock. wouldnt want to fall on any of the easy ones. If I remember correctly it was an hour past Evanston not too far off I80 T Roper
From DC,VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
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Jun 7, 2012
Are there other good/hard routes there? T_jones
From Salt Lake
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Jun 7, 2012
I think that we got a photocopied topo from the BD store in SLC years ago, which I have long since lost. You could stop in and ask there or at IME. Somebody at utahclimbers.com might have some info on Hoop Lake, although prying it out of them is another story. Or just go and explore, the area is worth the day trip anyway. Have fun. SilverSnurfer
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Jun 7, 2012
directions:

utah.hometownlocator.com/maps/...

will check out ime for info
Spencer Weiler
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Jun 7, 2012
beautiful looking rock... Morgan Patterson
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Jun 7, 2012
Wow that is way out there. That crag looks amazing though T_jones
From Salt Lake
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Jun 7, 2012
It's a nice little crag, with great rock, but not many routes.

There is, or was an attitude (that I think is irrational) that the crag should be kept a secret. I'm pretty sure you could put it on the cover of Climbing every month for a year and it would never get crowded...it's just too far off the beaten path.

There is a classic 13- called "Blue", that's the only route name I know. It's been almost 10 years since I've been there.
Mike Anderson
From Colorado Springs, CO
Joined Nov 15, 2004
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Jun 7, 2012
Actually, I've heard recent reports of it being crowded. I doesn't take many given the situation with the fixed line.

In the video, it looks like Leif isn't clipped into the fixed line. He just standing there in awe of J-Star while perched at the top of a 100', sharp adze, 70 - 80 degree slab. Be careful. Have some kind of lanyard system prepared, so you can move safely around on that line, on and off of the small ledge with other people. I've often fantasized about cantilevered decking while hanging around up there.
jonathan knight
Joined May 30, 2006
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Jun 7, 2012
jonathan knight wrote:
In the video, it looks like Leif isn't clipped into the fixed line. He just standing there in awe of J-Star while perched at the top of a 100', sharp adze, 70 - 80 degree slab.


I noticed that, too. Yikes.

Here's a pic of the wall (via)
Tristan Higbee
From Ogden, UT
Joined Mar 9, 2008
2,650 points
Jun 7, 2012
I think that Hoop is probably safely out of "secret crag" status these days.
There are so many "secret" limestone areas in Utah and N. Nevada now that we could each have one of our own.
SilverSnurfer
Joined May 11, 2012
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Jun 7, 2012
that's some seriously good limestone; best i've ever tugged on. that place would feel crowded with more than 2 parties. even with the hassle of the tether, the hoop is a top notch experience. damn i need a vacation! sean barb
From winston salem, north carolina,
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Oct 16, 2012
There's at least 2 bolted lines on the other side of the road. We didn't climb them, but they look 10-11ish. I guess. There's room for many more routes, but I wasn't too stoked about the cheese grater effect. zoso
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Oct 16, 2012
wrong name, wrong rating?

keep your eyes out for my new video: Good Rose Crack - .10d
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