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The Happy Submarine Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: chris Kalous on Dec 22, 2006
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This is the large butte N by NW of the Bridger Jacks, across Lavender Canyon. It forms a similar buttress between Lavender and Davis Canyons. It is a wingate mesa with a cap, similar in scale to Bridger Jack Butte. Dan Gambino and I named it the Happy Submarine because from the south it looks like a sub, complete with tower and rudder (some say it also looks like a Cadillac, a cruise ship, and, from the north, a buffalo). The rudder, actually, is a small separate tower that is rumored to have been climbed. In 2001 (I think that is when I was there?), I did not see any anchors. I don't know if The HS had a name before that, but I believe we made the first ascent of the thing so...? Lavender Butte is supposedly the Navajo butte on the mesa to the west.

In 2001, I saw some anchors on the smaller end near the rudder that did not appear to link to the top. The Quinlans have added a couple one pitch routes on the south side, I believe. The very top had no sign of an ascent, so we sprayed our egos on it by building a cairn and leaving a business card. I then held Dan up over the bow while he screamed "I'm the king of the world". It was a nice moment for us both.

This thing has the potential to have more routes than Bridger Jack Butte as it is much larger. There are definitely new lines to be done!

Getting There 

Take the Davis Canyon (like going to the Sixshooters) road into the wash that is the beginning of the actual Davis Canyon. You will be driving on the south side of the South Sixshooter. The Happy Submarine will be directly to the south. We approached it from the road at a random place that seemed to be the closest. The hike is about an hour (a little longer than going to the sixshooters). High clearance is necessary. Also, you are able to drive around the bow of it, skirting Dugout land, to access Lavender Canyon, perhaps this would take you closer?

Climbing Season

For the Indian Creek area.

Weather station 7.4 miles from here

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The Undiscovered Country 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Utah : Moab Area : ... : The Happy Submarine
This is from vague memory, so take it as a loose description :)P1: Chimney to a stance with two bolt anchor. 5.8P2: Laybacking through a short wide section to a long, low-angle 2" crack. Skirt right on incipient cracks and face to avoid some munge. Two bolt anchor. 5.11P3: Traverse left into a dirty but perfect hand crack. Finish out a roof with a bolt. Gear belay on a ledge to the left of a bolted anchor (rap anchor) because it is more comfy and convenient. 5.113rd class and hiking to the top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By chris Kalous
Nov 11, 2009
Maybe this IS Lavender Butte. The other entry would imply that. Hmmm, I like the name The Happy Submarine better. Maybe I'll call the USGS and Orin Hatch (my old drug buddy- and secret gay lover) and have it made official.

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