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The Clamshell Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 40.59043, -111.64567 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: James Garrett on Sep 12, 2007


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  • Description 

    Whereas this huge expanse of rock that begins at East Hellgate had one previous route in the Ruckman guidebook and was written off by most as simply too chossy, Greg Martinez has spent an incalculable amount of time cleaning, installing, and establishing routes here.

    These excellent routes tend to be short, well protected, moderate sport climbs. They have become very popular for the Wasatch climbing community, especially in the hot summer months. New 5.9 or 5.10 leaders perhaps just out of the gym for the first time, swarm to East Hellgate. You will love it, too.

    A 70m or at the very least 60m ropes are recommended for some of these "longer" sport climbs.

    Getting There 

    Park on the secondary road turn off below the east side of the cliffs near, but down canyon of a micro-wave station. A trail zig zags up the hillside east of and to the right of a couple of huge snow fences. Please stay on the trail. Once at the base of the cliffs after the ascending the switchbacks, skirt beneath the wall on the fine trail and stroll to the far west end of East Hellgate. Here, on the west or left side of the wall, you will find plenty of entertainment. These are not the kind of climbs that you can just do once. The Clamshell will draw you back time and time again.

    Climbing Season

    For the East Hellgate area.

    Weather station 0.9 miles from here

    4 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in The Clamshell

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Clamshell:
    A Cloud In The Sky   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Getting into the fun...

    A Cloud In The Sky 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : The Clamshell
    Oh, Cloud in the Sky... Where to even start? Perhaps with a disclaimer? The most prolific developer at HelmetGate over these past few years has a comment on his topo about ACITS: not recommended. Dun dun dun. Coming from a man who's established some highly climbable decomposing choss adventures, this shouldn't be taken lightly. The Ruckmans on the other hand seem quite appreciative of the line, stating that people love this line despite some friable rock. If yo...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

    Photos of The Clamshell Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Not sure which route, topo paper map said 5.9+
    Not sure which route, topo paper map said 5.9+
    Rock Climbing Photo: cragging at about 10,000ft Far East Hellgate notic...
    cragging at about 10,000ft Far East Hellgate notic...

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