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River Road Dihedrals

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BBQ Brush T 
Bloody Elbows T 
ker-THUD! T,S 
Oxygen Debt T 
Peapod Crack T 
Root Canal S 
Unknown 5.9 T 

River Road Dihedrals Rock Climbing 

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With a very short approach, there are a handful of routes here. This is a great spot for intermediate climbing. It is north facing, so it's in the shade and the approach is easy. There are also more 1 pitch free climbing routes .5 miles up the road on the Anasazi Buttress. The River Road offers miles of opportunity for new routes (on both sides) from the 1 to 4 pitch range if you're ambitious, and in recent years, the new routes keep sprouting up (in the side canyons too).

Getting There 

The River Road Dihedrals are located almost 3 miles up the River Road from the Hwy 191 turnoff near the Colorado River crossing. They are located just right of a canyon mouth, and a huge pillar with a spectacular and vicious splitter is located above the River Road Dihedral climbs. There is parking directly across the road from the climbs. Just up the road is the mouth of Negro Bill Canyon, and there are usually many cars and mountain bikers as the Porcupine Rim mountain bike trail exits here.

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Weather station 1.7 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in River Road Dihedrals

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for River Road Dihedrals:
Root Canal   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Bloody Elbows   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   
Peapod Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
ker-THUD!   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: First Ascent of Root Canal

Root Canal 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Utah : Moab Area : ... : River Road Dihedrals
Obvious chimney on Molar Tower left of the main Dihedral Routes. Great route with classic photo opportunities. Face opposite bolts and sub summit is still a little crumbly, but will clean up with future ascents. Can be done in one pitch, but recommend two pitches belaying from stance on sub summit. Crux move is a lunge from sub summit to the main summit. 5.8 crux can go as an A0 move or escape from sub summit anchor if needed. Please leave all fixed hardware. This is a great route for anyone w...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By Billy Smallen
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 25, 2008
This area is Navajo Sandstone and it is good quality Navajo. The Wingate comes out of the water just up river from Negro Bill Canyon, look for it rising below Barney Rumble Tower...Pretty cool!
By josher doucette
From: castle valley, ut
Dec 18, 2009
There is a route that goes up to the rim from the ledge at the top of these climbs. it looks like two pitches(there is an anchor spanning the crack half way). the crack looks really good, fairly wide. does anyone know what it is?

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