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Mortal Earth Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 43.72015, -113.0768 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: WAGbag, Mike Engle, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Mike Engle on Jul 24, 2017


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Mortal Earth is a *mostly* newly developed area at a slightly lower elevation than the main Fins climbing area. The area was known as the Burning Spear area and there were 6 routes on 3 different crags mostly developed in the late '90's and early 2000's. Despite excellent stone, a few good routes, and tons of new route potential; the area did not receive a lot of traffic and there was no established trail to the crags and the climbing.

Recent development in the summer of 2017 by Chris Barnes, Vernon Phinney, and Mike Engle are opening up new crags and new routes at a rapid pace. After consulting with Dave Bingham (route developer of 5 of the existing 6 routes), Dave agreed to the proposal that the new route developers could name the area and rename one of the crags.

There is now an established trail from the parking. The approach is 15 to 20 minutes. The parking is accessible by 2 wheel drive vehicles.

The routes in Mortal Earth are on less than vertical to vertical grey limestone and in general tend to be less steep than The Fins. As a result the climbs are of a more moderate nature. Climbs range from 5.7 to upper 5.11 with most of the routes in the 5.10 to easy 5.11 range.

Each crag has a slightly different character to the rock but you will find shallow pockets, pinches, rails, crimps, runnels and some amazing Chert pinching. The rock is of high quality and ranges from very clean to having some lichen. btw, Chert is a hard, dark, opaque rock composed of silica (chalcedony) with an amorphous or microscopically fine-grained texture. At Mortal Earth, the chert provides a large variety of small positive holds.

Routes tend to be long single pitches (75' to 120') with the average bolt count being around 10 bolts per pitch. The climbing is characterized as thoughtful, technical, and sustained. There are a few excellent 2-pitch climbs on Psychedelic Rock and Rock of Ages. The route developers are purposely building safe routes with lots of bolts and usually the clips are right where you want them.

All routes can be descended with a single 60' meter rope (with the 2-pitch climbs requiring 2 rappels). Top anchors are either sport anchors consisting of an open cold shut and a steel carabiner for convenient lowering or in the cases of multi-pitch routes, anchors are two lengths of fat 3/8" chains where you have to thread the rope for the rappel.

Route development is continuing at a rapid pace and it is anticipated there will be new crags and new routes developed over the next few years.

Getting There 

Start your mileage at the turn off of Highway 33 onto the gravel FS 557 road. Continue up the main road to The Fins for about 3.3 miles. The road to this point is accessible by 2-wheel drive vehicles. Park near some powerlines and signs warning of buried power cables. If parked smartly, there is room for about 6 or 7 cars. 4-wheel drive is strongly recommended if you want to continue on to the main Fins and the upper parking.

There is a new trail that contours the hillside up to Mortal Earth. Follow the trail to the crags. About 15 minutes to Psychedelic Rock, Burning Spear & Classic Rock and another 5 minutes to Rock of Ages and The Watchtower.

The developed crags of Mortal Earth are visible from the parking, see the beta picture.

Check out the aerial overview for trail and crag location.

Climbing Season

For the The Fins area.

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

41 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Psychelic Rock beta picture with route Comforably ...

Comfortably Numb 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  Idaho : The Fins : ... : Psychedelic Rock
Follow the left side of the prominent grey pillar to the right of "The Wall". Use one of several approach pitch options to get to the comfortable ledge below "The Wall". Move the belay to the anchors on the far right side of the ledge. Move right to gain the face of the pillar. Work up the face sometimes working a hand or more on the left edge of the pillar. Continue up to a steep bulge with a short finger crack. Continue up on vertical chert to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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