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This out-of-the-way climbing secret is usually empty, mostly because the approach is a real pain in the ass. The talus slope that you climb is steep, slippery and sucks out loud. But the payoff is worth the approach effort, I promise.
Park across from Storm Mountain Picnic Area, about 2.7 miles up the canyon. Climb up the trail on the east side of the stream and walk about 1/4 mile. Then start looking for trails across the valley/stream to the Dead Snag Area. Head up the talus slope uphill from Dead Snag. Its quite a hump, and a real pain in - wait - I said that already...Keep going about another 200 yards or so. Glass Ocean is on the west side of the canyon facing northeast.
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Glass Ocean 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Lord of the Long Arms 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
High Dive 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Tsunami 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Northwest Passage 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR, 2 pitches, 165'
Hydroplane 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
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High Dive 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Glass Ocean and Environs
High Dive is a really cool route. It can be done as one or two pitches, and has a couple of different approaches. One way to get up to it is to get on top of the large block on the left side of the Glass Ocean wall. Do this by either climbing Lord of Long Arms, Atlantis, or scrambling from the left. From here, the route climbs through some fixed pitons. The other approach, which I used, starts from the anchors on top of pitch 1 of the Northwest Passage. I reached these anchors by starting u...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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