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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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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'   
Peapod Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Bloody Elbows   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   
ker-THUD!   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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ker-THUD! 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Utah : Moab Area : ... : River Road Dihedrals
This route is a great moderate warm-up at the dihedrals! Start right behind the tower, directly below two bolts. Climb up and bust right after the second bolt to a small ledge. There is a small pod in the ledge that takes a grey alien nicely, a 0.75 Camalot or (even better) a 1.5 Friend fits in the flare above this. Follow the ledge to the shallow right facing dihedral. A #0 C3 or stopper fits nicely in the first pod. Get a good piece then stem and lieback your way through several more pod...[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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