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Dam Wall  


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Description 

These routes are at the east end of the Storm Mtn Picnic area, on a south-facing wall. They are all bolted with good anchors. Warm climbs with a shady base. One has a seep year round, that is too wet in the early spring to work with. The rock is nice and solid, with variable styles of climbing: angles, slabs, steep juggy arete, or just steep thin face climbs.

(We used to call this Storm Mtn East)

Getting There 

Drive beyond Storm Mtn Picnic Area, through the tight corner, and park at the black slate parking lot on your left. Hike in, hopping over the remnants of Mule Hollow Creek. Walk along the old jeep road, until you gain the grassy field, and then head north through the field.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.1 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=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 Dam Wall:
Shale for Sale   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Dam Fine Cracks   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Day as Night   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Damned if You Don't   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 120'   
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Featured Route For Dam Wall
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Dam Fine Cracks 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Dam Wall
This route was climbed by JG in 2002. It is impossible to be certain, but I believe he made the first ascent. The route was reportedly very dirty at the time, but is now very clean other than a bit of friable rock in the mid-section. Climbing is excellent, and features both crack and face climbing. The name of this climb is merely my suggestion and may be subject to change....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Awatubi
Dec 7, 2005
Oh my God I love this damn wall. And the rocks that are in it. If any did anything to this wall well I don't know what i do I go to it everyday and I will never forget the moments we have shared,
By glen kaplan
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 19, 2006
I remember reading about them somewhere...

what are the two harder routes to the right called?
rating?
why the fixed sling on the 1st bolt?
By James Garrett
Sep 23, 2006
1.DAMNED IF YOU DO and DAMNED IF YOU DON"T, both in the hard 5.11 to 5.12 range and run out. The eastern one is harder
2. Probably somebody bailed is my guess, these climbs are great places to collect booty biners...alot of bailin' going on up there, so if you are a hardman, you know where you can replenish your carabiner supply
By tenesmus
Oct 24, 2006
James is right on question #1. Damned if You Don't is on the left (west) and is .11c, but its right on the edge of that sharp shale bed and pretty spooky. When I did it I pulled plenty of choss off so maybe it'll be cleaner for the next guys. I wonder if the falls are fine and it was just me that was a little freaked out, but that shale bed has loads of jagged stuff in it. Damned if You Do is on the right (east) and is supposed to be .12b. It has a hard start with a killer deadpoint or nice edgy static moves and then loads of steep movement. Its really fun, quick to get to and worth repeating.

Damned if You Do goes on and on but the hard climbing ends where it stops being so steep and there is often a quicklink or bail biner here. If you look high you'll see a second steeper part at the top of this fin which is where the anchors are. I did it to the top once and a 70m rope puts you into that shale bed for moderate downclimbing and the bail biner puts you back to the ground just left of where you started in the bushes. Its just how that formation tilts.

To answer question #2, you have to climb up onto that ledge to get to the first bolt of Damned if You Do and then its a little reachy to get to it(and that sling is way easier to clip). You really wouldn't want to fall there. Another reason not to be short.

"Redpoint" on utahclimbers.com established these routes and posted them at this link: utahclimbers.com/phpBB2/viewto...
By Xover
Jun 15, 2010
I found a light rack at this wall that someone left behind on Monday, June 14 2010. Please email me at mlmrink at msn dot com. I'd really like to get your gear back to you.