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Walk from either the Pine Creek Boulders pull off near the Canyon Junction Bridge up a drainage to reach the bench, then follow the cliff bands to the base of the route
Walk from the Spry pull off below Holy Roller, etc., then follow the cliff band right.
Fun route with two options on the right side of the West Face of Mt. Spry. Swamp Donkey is way right of the three cracks of Sandblaster, Central Pillar, and Holy Roller. Look for a huge roof with a splitter coming out on the left side of it. Start twenty feet left of a big, dirty, horrible looking chimney on an intermittent crack. You should be able to see chains from the ground.
For Swamp Donkey Left:
P1 Climb a crack up and right, bust right on some face moves to reach the first bolted anchor.
P2 Go up the obvious crack trending left. There is an anchor left of the crack. 10
p3 Follow the crack right through some steep moves to a ledge. Traverse left back to another crack. 10
p4 Traverse up and left to a bolt, pull some wild moves through a small roof to gain a hand crack leading to the base of the big roof. 11
P5 Pull the awesome tight hands roof to a hand crack, and karate chop hand jams all the way to the top. No fixed anchor at the top of the crack. 12-
For Swamp Donkey Right:
P4 Traverse up and right, following a crack into the gaping maw of a chimney. 8
P5 Claw your way up the chimney to the top. 10
From the bolted rap station between the top outs of the two variations, you can either do 3 double rope raps to the base of the cliff (Top to bottom of p4, P4-P2, P2-ground), Or rap with a single 70 down every station on SD Left. I recommend the single 70 option, as I got my rope very stuck rapping off the top to the base of p4.
Doubles to #4 camalot, with extra thin hands to fists.
By mac gilbert
Dec 9, 2016
Overall fun climbing. Definitely less traveled and more Zion adventure style!!!. We did Swamp Donkey Left and rapped down the route with one 70 m rope from the anchors at the summit and just to the right. The first and second rappels were close, so tie knots! We were also concerned about having to rappel over the roofs, but this was not a problem.