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Main wall is 20-100m north-facing in a large alcove protected from the prevailing W/SW winds. Beautiful, secluded setting with an uncharacteristically dense collection of stellar routes on high-quality Wingate sandstone, several topping out. 'Bout as cool as it gets on Utah redrock...
Just outside the park north of U24. 2 mile hike, 250m climb to base, park at second unsigned pullout east of Rimrock hotel/restaraunt, head up steep trail to path west along shelf below cliffs, past a couple of older multi-pitch aid lines (hard free potential). Continue around large alcove/bay on diminishing trail (stick to wash bottoms and rocks or thoughtfully cairned routes). Climb up to base near peninsula tip or further into north-side drainage.
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