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Skyscraper 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 170'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Brian Smoot, Rich Carlston 1990
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Jun 20, 2003

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BETA PHOTO: Tree at the top to anchor to. There are also a se...

Description 

A long route up the middle part of The Upper S Curve Wall. Just right of the obvious dihedral. 1st bolt is an awkward clip. Big exposure and some small roofs, along with slick slabs make for the best route on the upper wall. At the 6th bolt angle right. If you angle left, there will be a 5.10 move.

Protection 

Slings for the tree at the top for anchor. 9 draws for the climb. You can bring a small selection of gear for the spaces between fixed gear.


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Rope marks the bolted route.  Skipped one clip.
BETA PHOTO: Rope marks the bolted route. Skipped one clip.
There are two lines on this face.  Skyscraper climbs the line on the right (there is a 5.10 crux variation at a roof near the top).
There are two lines on this face. Skyscraper clim...
Full route before the Draws got cleaned.
BETA PHOTO: Full route before the Draws got cleaned.
It would be beneficial to go to the right of this boulder when you are almost to the end of the hike.  to the left is just a washed out path that will work too, but is a lot harder.
BETA PHOTO: It would be beneficial to go to the right of this ...

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By Spencer Anderson
From: Fort Collins, CO
Mar 12, 2005
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

When I did the route today I found anchors at the top, didn't need to use the tree. P.S. Bring a rope longer than 60m.
By Stefani Day
Oct 1, 2005

Great fun route. But there is another route part way up that heads left. Anyone know anything about that climb? At the top, there were two sets of belay anchors.
By Timothy Gillis
Oct 18, 2005
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Will someone with a drill please add another bolt midway to avoid the walk off. Yea sounds lazy, and it is.What's that line to the left?
By MJMobes
From: The land of steady habits
Oct 12, 2006

bring two ropes or a 70m rope to get down from the new route on the left(chains).

the new route is a mixed 10+. 2 out of 3 stars
By John Steiger
Apr 18, 2008
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

One of the pins shown in Ruckmans' guide appears to be missing, but the protection is still there if you look for it. Yeah, a 70 meter rope will allow a rap from good bolts to get down (just). (Mobley, I'm not sure what route you are talking about; maybe you are referring to Glenlivet, but I don't think that is 5.10+ -- maybe you were talking about Bite the Wall?).
By zoso
May 31, 2009

Route to the left is Glenlivet. 10a*** imo. Similiar to Skyscraper, just a tad harder. One of my favorites up there.
By Riddler
From: Centerville, UT
Aug 7, 2009

Sweet exit. Be wise with your runners (on both gear and bolts) or you might get some nasty rope drag. Tri-cams work well on this route.
By Mark Dexheimer
From: Midvale, UT
Aug 12, 2010

Great route. Pretty chunky climb with a few sheer spots to make it a challenge. Remember to hook your shoes up with you unless you want to hike down in your climbing shoes (my mistake).
By Mark Dexheimer
From: Midvale, UT
Aug 13, 2010

This route is bolted so it CAN be climbed as a sport route, but the bolts are 20-25 feet apart. So you have to climb about 45 feet before you are actually protected from a ground fall. Recommend that SOME trad gear be used, but it not REQUIRED.
By Mark Dexheimer
From: Midvale, UT
Aug 13, 2010

Glenlivet is to the left of Skyscraper, but it is a TRAD route. Skyscraper is the only sport route on this section of wall. Just so you know. Knowing this will save you hours of trying to find the Bolts on the left that aren't there.
By JP Rohde
From: seattle, washington
Sep 25, 2010

super fun climb. fairly run out for big cottonwood standards. bring a second rope to rap down...
By Jaren
From: NC
Nov 4, 2011

My memory is a bit shakey of the day but back in 1997 I got off route moving a bit left of the line. Ended up putting in two nuts that were more phychological than anything and the end result was a 70ft whipper that broke my ankle. Not a fun hike down. Its a bit run out so make sure you know where the route goes.
By Stan Pitcher
From: SLC, UT
Mar 12, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Did a hold break off at the first bolt? Seemed very awkward/hard for 5.8 but maybe its cause I haven't climbed forever? You can get a good .75 camalot (and 1 too) below it which I'd recommend! Also all the bolts/hangers on this are old - if you find a newer painted hanger you've wandered onto Glenlivet.
By Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 12, 2014
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

A couple of the bolts on this route are starting to get fairly grungy. Fortunately most if not all of them can be backed up with pieces nearby. I would highly recommend bringing a selection of cams unless you like running it out 20-30 feet between aging bits of hardware. Some judicious use of alpine draws will help keep the rope drag manageable. Rap off Glenlivet anchors with a single 70m.