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The Wait of the World 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c A3

Type:  Trad, Aid, 6 pitches, 600', Grade VI
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c A3 [details]
FA: Steve Bartlett, Chip Wilson, spring 1995
Season: sunny south face
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Submitted By: Steve "Crusher" Bartlett on Jan 27, 2014

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RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek MORE INFO >>>


Start near the right (east) end of the expansive south face, on a rib just left of a large, deep hollow. Look for two bolts to start.
1. From the bolts head up and left to a nice crack on the arete. Work up this. Ease past a closet-size, barely-attached block with care. Thinner nailing ends at a 3-bolt belay (A3, 80').
2. Thin seams lead up and right to a bold ladder with occasional hooking. End at a nice ledge (A3, 80').
3. Climb a flake system at the left end of the ledge, past one bolt, to a shallow dihedral. Up this to a bolted belay under a triangular roof (A2+, 80').
4. Over the roof to a splitter, one-inch crack. Romp up this to a bolted, hanging belay (A2, 120').
5. Move up and left into an easy dihedral to a bolt. Tension left to a shallow groove, from which hooking on broken crockery gets one over the caprock to, finally, a big comfy ledge (A2+, 80').
6. Walk the belay 30 feet right (to a 3-bolt rap station) then scamper up a 5.8 chimney to the summit.

The bolt on pitch 3 was where the decision to rope-solo a new route in such a remote location in February/March began to seem not such a great idea and I retreated, eventually returning with a partner. Still bugs me, placing that bolt, there's a placement there.


This is on the south side of the formation. The route goes to the large, main summit. There's still a drop off that prevent easy (non-5th class) access from above. Tony Wilson and Russell Hooper added another route up the north side but I'm not sure if his route goes to the same summit or to a different pinnacle further west.


The whole nine yards. Bunch of beaks all the way to largest cams. Include a selection of hooks. Also include a bunch (12? that many?) standard angles for pitch 4 (the crack is kinda too choked with mud for cams to work without a struggle).

Photos of The Wait of the World Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: me, tensioning across pitch 5, or something....
me, tensioning across pitch 5, or something....
Rock Climbing Photo: me, cleaning pitch 4
me, cleaning pitch 4
Rock Climbing Photo: Chip jumaring on pitch 5. A storm rolled across fr...
Chip jumaring on pitch 5. A storm rolled across fr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down pitch 2
Looking down pitch 2
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo of Wait of the World
Topo of Wait of the World

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By Joe Forrester
From: Palo Alto
Feb 10, 2014

Excellent! Was wondering when some more stuff was going to be posted about the routes back here.....

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