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YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: John Storm, 1986
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Submitted By: Zac Robinson on Aug 27, 2008

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Awesome route high up on the East Gate. Steep hands into a slot. In the back of the slot is a hand to finger crack. Work your way up the slot the best you can. I think I spun 3 or 4 times on my way up trying to figure out what might be the best approach.

Up above, the slot narrows to a squeeze and the crack in the back turns into a horizontal finger crack. Now is the time to get serious. Make the decision which way to face and then change your mind a few times. Work the finger crack, which has now slammed shut, out through the horizontal section.

Then figure out the beta to get to the nice, relaxing, less-than-vertical handcrack above the crux.


good gear the whole way.
a few hands pieces for the initial section (#1 and 2 camalots)
I placed a #3 at the start of the slot and then some fingers pieces down to a blue TCU on your way out the steep section. Another 1-2 #2's and perhaps a #3 cam would be nice for the handcrack above and for building a belay anchor.

Head over left to the top of The Flakes and rap down the anchor there.

Photos of Wild Things Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The big sloping exposed traverse ledge from wild t...
The big sloping exposed traverse ledge from wild t...
Rock Climbing Photo: wild things, and sidewinder
BETA PHOTO: wild things, and sidewinder
Rock Climbing Photo: It really is pretty dang steep.
It really is pretty dang steep.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rob on Wild Things.  Thinking about leaving the sa...
Rob on Wild Things. Thinking about leaving the sa...
Rock Climbing Photo: beta photo showing the location of Wild Things.
BETA PHOTO: beta photo showing the location of Wild Things.

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By bheller
From: SL UT
Aug 27, 2008

Great write up, thanks for posting!
By Zac Robinson
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 15, 2010

Update on the approach.

You can still rap in from the anchors of the Flakes...

but today we managed to scramble our way up a few ledges and tiers until we were somewhat below and right of Wild Things. Some more scrambling and then we decided to rope up while we were at a decent sized tree with lots of tat. From there it was 5.something (I had a pack and approach shoes on...) to the alcove where Wild Things starts. I was glad to have a rope.

But that will get you there maybe somewhat faster than Tingeys Torture, or The Flakes.

The thing is still a ton of fun. Lemme know if you head up there soon.
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Nov 10, 2013

I can also confirm an approach pitch starting just left of sidewinder is possible.. We did almost a full rope length up dirty cracks to a flake system with good gear that will land you at the belay alcove with bomber chain anchors. I'd rate it 5.8. Also the 5th class mtn goat traverse left to the flakes is pretty trivial though exposed and unprotected.

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