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The Dizzy Channel 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 4 pitches, 270'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Matthew Selman, 2012
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Matt Selman on Apr 28, 2012

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The Dizzy Channel is a moderate jaunt up the northwestern corner of Dizzy Rock. The route is well protected, with great exposure and excellent views of Maple.

Pitch 1 - The Hidey Hole: Follow the bolts as they meander through the best/cleanest sections of rock, climbing through a couple of short steep sections to a two-bolt belay in a pod. Keep your eyes peeled for the Hidey Hole, a deep, dark, fist-sized spider hole. 5.7.

Pitch 2: Take off up the arete from the belay. Walk the narrow ledge to the base of the tower bloc, and follow four bolts to a belay at its summit. 5.6.

Pitch 3: Step across to the wall of Dizzy Rock proper and follow the bolts up, paralleling the water streak on your right. Less-than-vertical terrain leads to the short, steep crux overhang. Jugs save the day here. Belay from two bolts on Shoe Leather Ledge just after the crux. 5.8.

Pitch 4: Follow the bolt line to chains just below the summit. 5.6.
To reach the true summit, the leader can either climb through this section and belay from steel pipes embedded on the summit, or bring the second up to the belay and scramble to the top. Either way it’s one or two easy fifth-class moves to reach the summit.

The Dizzy Channel is set up to be climbed in four pitches, but by skipping a few bolts or bringing along a few extra draws, pitches 1-2 and 3-4 can be combined. Be aware, however, that the staircase shape of the route can create drag.


The Dizzy Channel ascends the northwest arete of Dizzy Rock. Walk up along the base, passing the route Fish Pin, until you are under the steep overhanging arete. The route begins on less-steep terrain just around the arete.

Three options exist for the descent. It is possible to rappel the route with a single 60 meter rope. A more direct rappel, however, can be found by scrambling down 15 feet to climber’s left from the final belay. Here a set of chains marks the top of Fish Pin, which can be descended with a 60 meter rope in a straight series of three rappels. If you’re rappelling, this is the recommended option. Finally, it is possible (and quite pleasant) to walk off the route from the summit of Dizzy Rock. A bit of third- and fourth-class scrambling to the south takes you off the summit of the formation and onto the rolling grassy bench that is the west rim of the Left Hand Fork. From here, either walk a faint trail south and down into the Left Hand Fork, or drop into a steep gully to the north and descend almost directly to the base of The Dizzy Channel.


All bolts. 12 draws will suffice.

Photos of The Dizzy Channel Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: This photo shows Fish Pin (5.10c***) in green and ...
BETA PHOTO: This photo shows Fish Pin (5.10c***) in green and ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dizzy Rock as viewed from the Schoolroom parking a...
BETA PHOTO: Dizzy Rock as viewed from the Schoolroom parking a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason Stevens tops out on the last pitch of The Di...
Jason Stevens tops out on the last pitch of The Di...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason Stevens just below the crux of The Dizzy Cha...
Jason Stevens just below the crux of The Dizzy Cha...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason Stevens atop the tower on the second pitch o...
Jason Stevens atop the tower on the second pitch o...

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By Jason Stevens
From: Ephraim, UT
May 3, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This is a super fun route, the best kind of adventure. It is well protected, has great belays out of harms way and has a fantastic summit. A Dr. Pepper machine on the summit is the only thing that would make it better.

Well done, Selman. Well done.
By Brian Koralewski
From: Springville, Utah
May 12, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This route was bolted very well. Unfortunately it is very dirty and very mossy. 2 baseball size rocks popped out on the first 3 bolts of the route. The crux is pulling over a bulge on dirty rocks on the 3rd pitch. It was a fun climb in any case.
By Jason Stevens
From: Ephraim, UT
May 15, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

They all start that way, BK. Selman did his due diligence...I know he spent at least 8 hours cleaning the route. She'll clean up nice and tidy.
By Manilius
Dec 3, 2012

Another great addition to the store of Maple multi-pitch moderates. The route follows a somewhat exposed arete for the majority of the start and ends with some face climbing with a two or three move crux over a bulge. Highly recommended.
By Jimmymac222
From: South Jordan, UT
Oct 26, 2013

Route is cleaning up well. Fun climbing and excellent views. Nice work Matt.
By Kevin Stauffer
Sep 6, 2014

We a rappel from the top of pitch 2 to the ground with a 60 m rope, but it was just barely touching. If you try that make sure you start at the middle. Some of the scrambles made us a bit nervous having all that rope out and no bolts.
By Emerson Takahashi
From: Casper, WY
Feb 14, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Good route, felt pretty clean with just a few loose rocks towards the top. We stacked some branches and rocks at the base of the climb to make the belay a little more comfortable.

I suggest combining the first 2 pitches together. P1 is easy and p2 is 15ft of easier climbing. Deal with the rope drag and keep climbing.
Bring some runners for p3, you belay from across a ledge, so there's a bit of rope drag. Topping out p3 is FUN! Steep bulge, and all the holds are jugs.

Decent: We rapped down from the top of Fish Pin. From the anchors at the top of P4, look down to your left maybe 10-15ft to find the anchors for Fish Pin. It's safe enough to slowly scramble down, but we roped up and did the extra rappel.

From there, just rap straight down. The anchors for the top P2 of Fish Pin are on a smaller ledge above the big grassy area, don't rap down too far!
By Paul Wilhelmsen
From: sandy, ut
Jun 5, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Very fun climb! I took my partner up this for his second multi-pitch route. Very chill climbing and very closely bolted.
I thought 5.8 was perfect for the grade. or even soft. Drowning baby fish (5.7) in the schoolroom area is harder by far in my opinion.

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