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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: James Taylor, Ben Anderson, Matt Deming
Season: Summer/Fall
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Submitted By: Kelvin on Sep 10, 2011

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This route has some nice little moves in it with good holds. The Uinta Rock guidebook gives it a 5.7, but given the altitude (10,400 ft) I think it's fair to bump this to at least 5.8. The cruxy section in the middle is a "little" steep but within two moves it's over. We found a Diet Coke can on top of the route from 1986 so I'm guessing it doesn't see much action.

The route gets to a large ledge on top ideal for belaying/anchoring, but you can climb a deep flake to the right of the roof feature another 10 feet to the top.


The line runs to the right of an obvious roof at the top that you can see from your approach. The route is to the left of Castle Lake if you are facing the wall. You will have to hike across a boulder field/grassy area up to a big ledge above a short cliff and move left. Rap from your own sling or down climb a nearby gully by traversing up and to the left and then down a series of ledges semi-hidden by a bunch of pine trees (easier to see this from below).


A number of large horizontal cracks will take a variety of cams, nuts, etc. Best not to use the vertical crack for placements as you will waste a lot of energy trying to place it instead of moving through to a better, easier stance. No bolts or anchors. We left a sling with a rap ring around a largish rock just below the top.

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By Blake Summers
From: Park City, Utah
Jun 2, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Agreed. 5.8, but not for the elevation; for the moves. Funnish short line in a cool locale.

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