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UB Observatory Cliffs Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,500'
Location: 47.8569, 107.0452 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ben Sebald on Dec 14, 2012
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This is an excellent climbing area right outside UB on towards the eastern end of Bogad Ull above the ski resort. It is well used, but not by tourist. The rock consists of good, solid granite, but you will find a fair share of loose rock because this is Mongolia. The rocks face west and slightly south and are in three main outcrops each getting bigger the higher you go(there is two pitch potential on the highest out crop) along with several other smaller rock ridges rise out of the hill side. The is plenty of sun and plenty of wind (always be aware at the tops there is likely going to be a small hurricane waiting for you which makes throwing ropes down for top roping difficult). The rock generally provides good 5.7 - 5.9 trad climbing (No bolts and there is little need for bolts). There are some 5.10 and 11 routes, and even some 5.12 potential all with good protection and top rope possibilities. All Most the tops you can walk off, and if not it only requires only a small rappel. Oh yes and camping is good unless there is a fire danger.

Getting There 

It may be a little hard to get to right now due to the construction of a golf course cutting off the main road to the UB Observatory. We found another long way around but its really obscure and hard to find. By the time you have put together all the logistics for a trip to Mongolia the golf course should be done and this will likely be no longer an issue (Bribing a guard may been necessary on occasion). Once you do get to the UB Observatory you simply follow the trial that lead toward the top of Bogad Ull. The trail will stay toward the east facing slope and the rock are at the very top of the west facing slope so you will need head to your west, but don't drop into the valley. The hike to the lowest rocks takes amount 20 min max. To the second set of rock 40 max and to the top 50 max (if you take a small break or two).

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.8 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: On the top way above the roofs on top-rope (top be...

The Corner 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Asia : Mongolia : UB Observatory Cliffs
This is the route furthest up hill on the easy, large, west facing cliff. It is the hardest of those climbs. Starting with a roof followed by a slab followed by several small roofs each leading into its own slab. It is an interesting challenge that takes some thinking to pull over 3 foot roofs on to slab (the key is to remember no power and all balance). It is on the edge of being belayed as a top rope with the belayer on the bottom. Easy access up to or straight off the top. I would suggest bel...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Trying the lower moves of the 5.12+/5.13- project....
Trying the lower moves of the 5.12+/5.13- project....
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking north toward UB.
Looking north toward UB.
Rock Climbing Photo: 5.12+ or 5.13- project up above most the cliffs on...
5.12+ or 5.13- project up above most the cliffs on...
Rock Climbing Photo: A sun set at the top.
A sun set at the top.

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