The Generator Ribs are a series of small ridges found in the large area between the Penitentiary area and the west face of Storm Mountain, and just west of the interesting Powerhouse Couloir. Named for their [general] proximity to the funky Generator Couloir (yeah… Powerhouse is closer… but…). These ribs stretch from about 6400 ft. elevation to ~7000+ft. The quartzite is surprising solid with east faces being more genial and the west faces dropping precipitously. Fun, moderate ‘mountaineering’ in a beautiful setting keeps this area interesting. Best viewed from the top of Storm Mountain Island looking west towards the Penitentary area.
There is no clear cut way to approach these ridges- all involve bushwacking. Get a good sense of their location before hitting the hill and expect you won’t be able to see the ridges until nearly upon them- the brush and trees are thick. Park across the highway (north side) from the Birches Picnic Area in a large pullout with a dumpster. Walk across the bridge into the picnic area and head left following paved and then social trails east above the riverbank towards the Stairs powerplant. Before reaching the powerplant a large ephemeral drainage enters from the south (the first). Follow this drainage south initially along social trails, then game trails… then bushwacking. About 20 minutes up this drainage head right (southwest) into brush aiming for any clearing in the trees to zero-in your climb’s location. Pants and several boulder fields can make the ascent less (or more) painful. Expect a 30-60 minute approach time.
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The Eyrie 5.6 Trad, 8 pitches, 1000 feet, Grade II
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The Eyrie 5.6 UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Generator Ribs
Due to the potential of nesting raptors high on this ridge, this route should be absolutely avoided spring through mid-summer.This ridge is the central of the Generator Ribs beginning at about 6400ft climbing approximately 600 vertical feet. In the right lighting a small knob can be seen at 2/3 height and is a worthy goal. Similar in nature to the Island’s Reservoir Ridge or Challenge Buttress’s Standard Ridge- maybe just longer and less classic. There is no fixed gear on this climb. ...[more] Browse More Classics in UT