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Blue Gramma Cliff

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Blue Gramma T 
Dawn of an Age T,TR 
Desert Siren (Tower) T,S 
Event Horizon, The T 
Formerly Aided T 
Hayley's Heyday T 
left of 5.10 flake T 
Moon Goddess Revenge T 
Orion's Bow T 
Petrelli Motors T 
Price of Evil, The T 
Unknown far left T 
Unknown far left - II T 
Unnamed (far right side - big hands to OW bulge) T 
Unnamed 10+ (steep thin hands dihedral to pod) T 
Unnamed 11 (shares BG anchor) T 
Unnamed 5.10 Flake T 
Unnamed 9+ (big hands dihedral) T 
Unnamed II (fingers through fists) T 
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Blue Gramma Cliff 


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Submitted By: Charles Vernon on May 12, 2002
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BETA PHOTO: Panoramic view of Blue Gramma from the road.

Description 

Blue Gramma is more or less the first major cliff (for climbing) in Indian Creek. It doesn't see as much traffic as the "big name" cliffs, but many of the routes are only 50 feet high or so and there are a great many worthwhile 5.9 and 5.10 routes, most of them "unnamed". This was the first wall I visited on my first trip to Indian Creek and it was a perfect intro. In fact the first route I ever did at Indian Creek, an unnamed 5.9+, is still to my mind one of the best I've done. You don't need 8 of every friend size here!


Getting There 

Since it receives less traffic, this crag is a bit harder to find. It's a mile or so before you get to Supercrack buttress, at a good pull-out on the right. Look for a series of clean but comparatively short dihedrals near to the road, maybe 2-3 miles after Newspaper Rock. The approach is quite short as there isn't much of a talus slope.


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19 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',11],['5.11',5],['5.12',0],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Blue Gramma Cliff:
Unnamed 9+ (big hands dihedral)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Dawn of an Age   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Hayley's Heyday   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Unnamed II (fingers through fists)   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Petrelli Motors   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Unnamed 10+ (steep thin hands dihedral to pod)   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Blue Gramma   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Formerly Aided   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad   
Desert Siren (Tower)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
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The Event Horizon 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c C1  UT : Moab Area : ... : Blue Gramma Cliff
Three pitches on the tower-like feature.P1) Traverse on loose rock with no pro (5.7) to ledge and follow short C1 seam to fingers up a steep splitter 60'P2) 5.9 loose rock, hands. 60'P3) Steep right-leaning 4-5" offwidth splitter to 5.13 offwidth roof. The right leaning, wildly offset roof requires some serious circus trickery to surmount. Stout! 60'...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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An overview of the main wall on Blue Gramma. Climber at Right on Petrelli Motors, at left on the unnamed 10+. Photo by Tony Bubb, 2001.
An overview of the main wall on Blue Gramma. Climb...
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By Frank Stock
Mar 13, 2002

It actually is "Blue Gamma", after a type of grass, not a little old lady.

The cliff offers a lot of nice cracks. First timers at IC may appreciate that the lines are shorter, requiring less endurance and smaller racks. Still good stuff though.

By Charles Vernon
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 1, 2002

That named seemed more logical, but all the guidebooks and every web reference I've come across refer to it as "Blue Gramma", so I went with that. I don't know if it was originally named Blue Gamma and then became corrupted or what-not.

By Anonymous Coward
Jun 15, 2002

Actually, Blue Gramma is the proper name of the grass you are talking about..

By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett
Apr 28, 2003

Blue Gamma! The grass is called Blue Grama.

By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
May 1, 2003

I thought Blue Grama was what you get when Grampa passes away. Sorry ...

By Bob Dobalina
Jun 11, 2009

I always thought that it was originally named "blue gamma." As in gamma rays. Then it was nicknamed "my blue haired gramma" which eventually became "blue gramma."
Don't ask me how I know this!