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Wisky Bench 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 90110'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: 5/30/2012 Zack G, Laura Dewe, Greg M
Season: After the snow has melted
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Submitted By: chrisIerickson Erickson on Jul 5, 2012

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    Good / long heavily bolted climb. Reasonably fun, but I don't know about the 10a rating. Felt more like 8 to me but I'm honoring the FA's rating.

    Great route for someone breaking into the grade or leading.

    Has bolts at 60 and 70 m.


    Currently 3rd from the right, up the face on the RHS.

    Pick up the guide at IME ($10) -- the money goes to pay for all the bolts these guys are putting up.


    60m: 14 bolts + chains
    70m: 17 bolts + chains

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    By Tim G.
    From: Salt Lake City, UT
    Jul 5, 2012
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    This one felt easier than 10a to me, but still a fun route. I thought this was rat bastard (this route hadn't been posted yet) so I ended up being a couple draws short. There is still a good amount of loose rock on it, so be careful and always where a helmet at hellgate.
    By LeMiz Israel
    Jul 15, 2012

    Scariest climbing I have done in years. Bolts 4 - 6 are on a giant hollow flake. I know it's Hellgate and not the most bullet rock out there, but wtf? There are numerous scars from recently pulled off rocks. Between the vegetation and poor rock quality I would not recommend this route to anyone.
    By Greg Martinez
    From: SLC UTAH
    Feb 28, 2013
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    1st Pitch is 5.9 go past 2 more Bolts past 1st anchor to 2nd Anchor 5.10a.
    By cdec
    From: SLC, UT
    Jun 18, 2013
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    Climbed this in 2012 and again on 6/18/13 and thought it had clean up very nicely. Didn't find anything troubling at all. We were remarking how good we thought it was and was surprised to see the comments when I logged in to give it some stars.
    Soft at 10a but long and good. Do it.
    By Charlie S
    From: Ogden, UT
    Jul 19, 2013
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    The route is significantly cleaner than previous comments suggest. Still some cleaning to go, but it is a worthy and long climb.
    By Adam Jensen
    From: Taylorsville, UT
    Sep 5, 2013
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    Led this route twice this week. Noticed some small loose rock, but not dangerous; and generally a fun, long route. Bolts are well placed, atypical for a canyon famous for run outs!
    By Oscar Wheeler
    From: Salt Lake City, UT
    Jun 18, 2017

    Started the climb with a 60 m rope and realized I wasn't going to make it to the upper chains so went left to the rat bastard chains. Fun route some of the bolts sounded like they were on hollow rock, but no holds pulled while I was climbing.

    Great climb for beginner leader in that there are bolts galore! Not once did it feel like a fall would be a whipper.

    While there we did experience some rock fall around us so would definitely recommend a helmet.

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