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Cougar Narrows Rock Climbing 

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  • Description 

    Cougar Narrows is a beautiful location with short, water-polished limestone walls on either side of a stream.

    The stream runs roughly north-south through this area so shade will be available in early- to mid-morning and in the later part of the afternoon.

    The rock here is different from any other climbing area in American Fork Canyon in that it is very smooth (glass-like in some spots), the pockets are mostly shallow, smooth affairs, and the friction is low.

    Getting There 

    Take the trail along the stream (bed) in Tank Canyon for about 12 to 15 minutes from the road until you arrive at a narrow area with smooth, polished walls on either side of the stream.

    Route List 

    West side, left-to-right:

    1. project
    2. Beamer's Claw 5.10b (follows crack, ramp)
    3. The Contortionist 5.12a
    4. The Nonsightable 5.11c
    5. Nair 5.7
    6. IQ Test 5.11c
    7. Pig Charmer 5.10a
    8. A Slab of Greasy Bacon 5.11d
    9. Pig Trough 5.9 (pitch 2 above Pig Charmer/A Slab of Greasy Bacon)

    East side, left-to-right:

    1. Zoe and the Box 5.12c
    2. The Gray Lynx 5.12d
    3. project
    4. project
    5. project

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 1.5 miles from here

    3 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in Cougar Narrows

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cougar Narrows:
    Nair   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
    Beamer's Claw   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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    Featured Route For Cougar Narrows
    Rock Climbing Photo: Kip Henrie on Nair.

    Nair 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Cougar Narrows
    A difficult, reachy 5.7 that requires a bit of grunting here and there.Start with an awkward mantel on a slippery, sloping edge and reach for the only big pocket in evidence. From here, make mostly big moves between the bigger pockets, with a Cougar Narrows obligatory tricky move here and there.I suspect if you are short of stature that this will seem much harder than 5.7....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Cougar Narrows is water-polished limestone.
    Cougar Narrows is water-polished limestone.

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    By steve edwards
    From: SLC, UT
    Sep 18, 2010
    Anybody working these projects? Climbed here today and had to clean everything like mad and it seems as though there hasn't been much action since, perhaps, the routes were first bolted. A tree is covering the start of Zoe (which otherwise looks quite nice) and the long route not listed here seems like it's had very little traffic (nice route though). The climbing is pretty interesting and the routes have all the spider webs you need, so I'm wondering why it doesn't see more traffic.
    By Jeremy Steck
    From: Salt Lake City, UT
    Jul 27, 2015
    It's a shame that these walls are not taller and more traveled. The stone is really of exceptional quality. No loose stuff here! With more traffic, many of these routes will clean up could really get at least another star. A great setting to hang out in the summer too!

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