Login with Facebook
 ADVANCED
Enjoying the view from the top.


Member Since: Sep 12, 2007
Last Visit: Oct 7, 2014
Contact Mark D Evans


Point Rank: # 1,380
Total Points: 447
Last Year: 48
Last 30 Days: 0
73 Compliments
How do you get points?
Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Page Improvements = 3
Comments = 1



Where has Mark D Evans been climbing?










Contributions


All 477 | Routes 5 | Areas | Photos 75 | Page Improvements | Comments 22 | Posts 39 | Stars 266 | Ratings 70

Contributed Comments

 

Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Red Pine Crag : Vina Ardanza (5.9)
By: Mark D Evans When: Jun 29, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: I agree, pretty sweet line! Moving from the corner to the face has some great exposure! Although, Shingo, we did have a pretty hot afternoon up there today. Granted it was over 100 in the valley, but we were cooking in the western afternoon sun!!

At any rate, great rock, great line, and a great setting make this a worthy outing!!


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Red Pine Crag : Azal Tinto (5.8)
By: Mark D Evans When: Jun 29, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: Heads up!! The anchor slings for this route are gone!

We found no anchor and used a long runner to sling a horn a little up from the ledge for an anchor. (I assume this is where the anchor used to be) We then climbed Vina Adranza, the route to its right that has a bolted anchor, and cleaned our sling anchor.

Other than that, I thought this was a pretty fun little route, despite how short it is.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Tanners Gulch : Specter Wall : Specter (5.11)
By: Mark D Evans When: Jun 17, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: Fantastic route!! Keeps coming at you! Loved the micro crimp face up high! Seemed to me that the steep crux and vertical crux are one right after the other. The upper crux is really tricky to figure out, but not quite .12 in my opinion. All in all, this route is definitely full on and CLASSIC! Nice work gents!


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Green Adjective Gully : Mother of Pearl (5.11+) : Photo
By: Mark D Evans When: May 24, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: Jenna Templeton on belay.


Location: ID : City of Rocks : Parking Lot Rock : Parking Lot Rock - Northeas... : Thin Slice (5.10a)
By: Mark D Evans When: Aug 27, 2011

view comment >>
Comments: Absolutely great climbing, wow!! I felt it was a little soft for the grade in the area.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Perla's Ridge and Environs : Perla's Ridge (5.8 R)
By: Mark D Evans When: Jul 25, 2011

view comment >>
Comments: It took us about 45 minutes to do the steep (straight down) bushwhack from the summit to the trail in Bells. We were definitely higher in the canyon than the East Bell Tower, possibly in the Waterfall Dome(s) Area? From there, the trail back wasn't that bad.

I have only done this descent, but I would recommend it after hearing stories of other descents. Yes, you have 45 minutes of kinda heinous bushwhacking, but overall, I think its a good way to go. Did this yesterday, car to car in 13hrs.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Lizard Head Wall : Cashmere Crack (5.10+)
By: Mark D Evans When: Jun 1, 2011

view comment >>
Comments: Does anyone know what the chimney past a chockstone to the right of this is? It leads to the same new (lower) anchors on Cashmere Crack. I rope soloed it the other day, felt like 5.5/6?


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Challenge Buttress : North and West Faces
By: Mark D Evans When: May 23, 2011

view comment >>
Comments: Ah, hah! Paying attention would probably help. Thanks!


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Challenge Buttress : North and West Faces
By: Mark D Evans When: May 22, 2011

view comment >>
Comments: Does anyone know what the route that climbs the face and arete 5 feet left of Tough Enough? Feels like mid .10? Starts the same as Tough Enough, then moves left to a short but sweeeet juggy overhang, then passes two bolts as it follows the arete to chains just left of the Tough Enough crack. First piece was a .75?(red link cam) at the start of Tough Enough, then went left to climb the steep section to get to the first bolt. I thought it was a great climb, and great addition to the area. I can't ... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Gate Buttress : Five Fingers Area : Hornet's Rest (5.8+)
By: Mark D Evans When: Mar 31, 2011

view comment >>
Comments: Pretty cool little route! I didn't have a #4 and don't feel I needed one. A #2.5 friend(#2 camalot) protected the start and a #3 camalot protected the end. Either way, this is a worthy route for sure.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Tanners Gulch : Minions of Chaos Area : Minions of Chaos (5.10+)
By: Mark D Evans When: Jul 18, 2010

view comment >>
Comments: Super Great route!! Did this today with my standard Wasatch rack up to a 3.5 friend no problem. I never felt I needed a #4 Camalot. Oh, and the P4 crack gobbles up the stoppers for sure!!


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Bell's Canyon : West Bell Tower : Beckey Route (5.9 R)
By: Mark D Evans When: Jun 29, 2010

view comment >>
Comments: Oh, and the first pitch was not 'R' IMO. There were fixed bashies and pitons all over. Some looked pretty new? Either way, It didn't feel 'Runout' to me.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Bell's Canyon : West Bell Tower
By: Mark D Evans When: Jun 29, 2010

view comment >>
Comments: It is possible to rap directly down the becky Route with a 70m rope. *See the Becky Route comments for details.*

(It may still be possible to rap with a 60m,we had a 70m and skipped an anchor)


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Bell's Canyon : West Bell Tower : Beckey Route (5.9 R)
By: Mark D Evans When: Jun 29, 2010

view comment >>
Comments: Did this route today, and I didn't think it was all that bad. A bit of crappy rock here and there, but not as bad as I expected. The summit scramble was the only place I felt the rock was total shite, but that is the nature of the Bell Towers. I actually like it in a sick sort of way. It adds to the adventure. Not to mention the view from the summit is what its all about!

As for the descent. We rapped the route in 5 Raps. From the summit, we scrambled south down then west to get back to the bel... more >>


Location: OR : Portland & The Gorge : Broughton Bluff : (2) Hanging Gardens : Tips City (5.10a) : Photo
By: Mark D Evans When: Nov 4, 2009

view comment >>
Comments: ... at least I think this is Tips City. I'm not familiar with the area and this may not be a picture of this route. Anyone know for sure?


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Red Rock Wall : Reasoning With The Unreason... (5.11a)
By: Mark D Evans When: Jul 28, 2008

view comment >>
Comments: I pulled off a pretty hefty sized rock on this today. Nearly took out my belay. It was pretty scary to say the least.

I would suggest all climbers wear a helmet in this area due to a little loose rock, and the occasional brief case stones. Great Route for sure!!! But tread lightly.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Gate Buttress : Dihedrals Area : Black and White John and Ma... (5.10c)
By: Mark D Evans When: Jul 13, 2008

view comment >>
Comments: The Ruckman book has the top of this route traversing left and sharing the same chains as Hal-A-Finger. There are another set of chains if you continue directly op some scary flakes. I was wondering if anyone knew which is the "true" top of this climb?

I tried to reach the upper chains, but it was a bit intimidating, so I followed the Ruckman route to Half-A-Finger. The direct option seemed a bit harder and a little runout...


Location: john gilchrist : question photos : Photo
By: Mark D Evans When: Jul 7, 2008

view comment >>
Comments: That is the Houndstooth. There are 2 main routes on it. The rock is pretty bad. The best approach is up Deaf Smith Canyon. Did I mention that the rock quality is really bad? Yeah...


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Ferguson Canyon : The Cathedral : Oracle (5.11a)
By: Mark D Evans When: Jun 13, 2008

view comment >>
Comments: I personally felt like this was harder than the grade. The cruxy start felt more like 11c or d. I also felt like the climb to the left of this one was harder than it's grade. (Aftershock, 10c)

Although this could be because I'm only 5'6", but the people I was with also felt they were both a bit hard.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Salt Lake Slips : Nosferatu (5.10b)
By: Mark D Evans When: May 5, 2008

view comment >>
Comments: Short, pumpy, and fun is a great description. There are a few loose holds as you head up the roofs, so pull carefully. But with some traffic, this should clean up a bit. Good addition to the area for sure.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Black Peeler Buttress : South Face : Western Grebe (5.8 R)
By: Mark D Evans When: Oct 17, 2007

view comment >>
Comments: This route can be rappelled with one 70m rope, barely. Rapping the 3rd pitch brings you to a bush with a couple of super suspect pieces of webbing about 30ft above the anchors of the 2nd pitch. (no rap rings) I left a nut, a sling, and a 'biner to back it up. This may be an option, but I think adding a more secure rap station would be nice.

On a lighter note, I think this is some of the best slab of it's grade in the canyon! Due to the lack of use, it is in need of some ex foliation, but is sti... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Gate Buttress : Beckey's Wall Area
By: Mark D Evans When: Sep 12, 2007

view comment >>
Comments: The left of the 3 chains at he top of the "2nd" pitch is VERY loose. The nut that holds the chain on seems to be hand tightened. I suggest to use the piton and the two chains to the right for your anchors.