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Mexican Hat is the distinctive piece of caprock balanced on a mesa south of the highway. You'll know it when you see it guaranteed. Royal Robbins nailed a difficult route on the severely overhanging caprock on the first ascent. The infamous Banditos climbing club decided that didn't look fun, and drilled a bolt ladder to the summit. The Bandito route is certainly not hard, but you won't finally many more unique formations anywhere.
Mexican Hat is the obvious mesa just east of the town of Mexican Hat. An unmarked dirt road leads to a small parking area at the base of the mesa. Scramble up to the start of the caprock-if you find the easiest way it is no harder than class 3.
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Bandito Route C1 UT : Moab Area : ... : Mexican Hat
Its hard to think of this route as a climb - its more of an experience. Looks for the line of bolts on the caprock, and climb it. I didn't have a stick clip, so my partner stood on my back and clipped the first bolt - this added immensely to the climb. The leader should leave a daisy or sling on the first bolt for the second. The route overhangs so much it is easier to reclimb it than to jug.The summit is big and a good place to stretch out and relax. There are fixed rap anchors and interes...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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