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Bulletproof Roof T 
Chambered Round T 
Cocked T 
Cowgirls Like em' Big T 
Coyne Crack Simulator T 
Coyote Essence T 
Dee is Dancing T 
Desert Eagle T 
Dusty Trails to Nowhere T 
Fairy Tales T 
Girls Just Wanna Have Guns T 
Gun Fever T 
Hand Cannon T 
Haters' Ball T 
Have a Heart Donna T 
Hijinx in the Desert T 
Jolly Rancher T 
Montana Weed Connection, The T 
Nathan Martin T 
Pistol Whipped T 
Ramrod T 
Revenge of the Rock Gods T 
Rock Out with Your Glock Out T 
Rump Roast II T 
Sawed-Off Pump T 
Scatter T 
Short and Stupid T 
Short Round T 
Sig Sauer T 
Skidmarks T 
Soul Assassin T 
Spaghetti Western T 
Steve's Wimpout T 
Street Sweeper T 
Tommy Gun T 
Trigger Finger T 
Unnamed 10+ Left of Sig Sauer T 
Unnamed 5.11 at top of trail T 
Unnamed 5.12 R of sig sauer T 
Wolf's Ear T 
Wounded Knee T 
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Pistol Whipped Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.00828, -109.58715 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jason Wells on Nov 28, 2001


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Pistol Whipped wall from near parking area

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


A good area with a nice variety of climbs. Although somewhat remote, the climbing quality, concentration, and difficulty insures that this areas still sees a good amount of traffic. Most climbs reside in the 10+ range with a few 5.11 classics.

The buttress faces west and as a result gets good sun later in the day. With proper timing it's a good choice on both hot or cold days.

Getting There 

From the Hwy 211/Beef Basin road junction head south several miles until you encounter a fence and cattle guard. A few hundred yards past this (the *second* road on the left) look for a well-maintained road that angles back to the northeast.

Take this road through an active creek (good 2WD's can make it) past the cottonwoods to another road junction. Turn right and go about a mile until you are directly under the point of the buttress where it starts to jut back east. Pull off the road and park. Road improvements in the past several years have trivialized the drive and taken a large chunk off the approach.

Find a cairned trail that follows a shallow wash (please take a second to find it!) and then up the talus to the base. From here, climbs fan out to either side, but take a topo or a knowledgable friend as very few plaques exist.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.1 miles from here

41 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pistol Whipped

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pistol Whipped:
Skidmarks   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad   
Jolly Rancher   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad   
Chambered Round   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 90'   
Dusty Trails to Nowhere   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Girls Just Wanna Have Guns   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 80'   
Dee is Dancing   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Revenge of the Rock Gods   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 70'   
Wounded Knee   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   
Coyne Crack Simulator   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   
Hijinx in the Desert   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 80'   
Haters' Ball   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 60'   
Coyote Essence   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Rump Roast II   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Spaghetti Western   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad   
Have a Heart Donna   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Sig Sauer   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Pistol Whipped   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 310'   
Unnamed 5.12 R of sig sauer   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 70'   
Nathan Martin   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Fairy Tales   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Brent onsighting Sig Sauer

Sig Sauer 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  UT : Moab Area : ... : Pistol Whipped
Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft was an old school Swiss manufacturing firm. J. P. Sauer & Sohn is a German firm that markets world wide. Some history behind SiGARMS Sig Sauer handgun. Oh yeah, and the name given to a sweet finger splitter at the creek. The far far right section of Pistol Whipped Wall sees less traffic and more sunshine than the main section. The approach trail and main section of routes lead right to the end of the main section of concentrated routes which end at Shor...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Rock Climbing Photo: Clint and Annie on the approach to Pistol Whipped
Clint and Annie on the approach to Pistol Whipped

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By Devin Fin
Nov 15, 2015
Blocked off the old parking lot this past weekend with the help of all the climbers at the pistol wipped this past weekend ... Thanks for the new trail ... DF
Rock Climbing Photo: Old parking
Old parking
By ccmski
From: Prescott, AZ
Nov 19, 2009
As of November 09, a wash has taken out part of the road half way between the cottonwoods and the parking area. A route has been made through the washout and it is passable in a high clearance vehicle with 2WD. Due to the steepness of the drop in and out of the wash, and the short distance, a low clearance or vehicle with a long wheelbase might auger its front end into the opposite bank. Just a heads up since this spot may get worse in the future.
By Ty Tyler
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 24, 2015
As of March 21, 2015 there is a NEW approach trail to Pistol Whipped Wall. The Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Access Fund and Front Range Climbing Stewards wrapped up the new trail construction and closure of the old trail. The BLM has constructed a parking lot for climbers to use.

The new trail is located 1/4 mile beyond the old parking lot/trail. There is a cleared parking lot on the right side of the road. The new trail heads toward the crag from a lone juniper tree & cairn across the road. This new trail meanders up the rocky slopes above making use of more than 500 rock steps along the way. Please be sure to stay on this new trail to prevent plant & soil damage.

Please use this trail and allow the old one to recover.

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