Wilson Arch Regular Route
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This is a fun adventure, and it's legal, for it's not "a named arch in Arches National Park." Even though it's 5.3 , we chose to rope up, and we wanted/needed a rope for the simul-rappel one climber off each side at once. It's a very exciting thing to do, and you it gets your heart beating and blood flowing. Climb the spine of the arch fromt he right side, up cracks and grooves.
Between mile marker 102 and 103. Park just at the arch in the pull-out.
Take a few cams, and your rope. Simul-rap off the top, one climber on either end of the rope; and the rope pulls right over the top through the rock and dirt. Just don't unclip until our partner is down.
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Looking southwest from start of route.
Fun simul-rap off of Wilson Arch. We used two 60m ...
Gearing up to start the climbing on the ridge lead...
BETA PHOTO: Wilson arch regular route - dude standing at start...
BETA PHOTO: Wilson Arch topo. A 70 m rope is needed to climb i...
|Comments on Wilson Arch Regular Route
From: Joshua Tree, California
May 27, 2007
We climbed this arch in April of 1993. I simul-rapped off he top of the arch with John Barbie as my conter-weight, and then we held one end of the rope as Cyndie Bransford rapped off the other end. It was a thrilling experience to rappel through space down the eye of the big arch. This is a really fun and exciting thing to do, and it's actual 5th class climbing to get to the summit, so it's not a place where you will see tourists with their lap dogs and lawn chairs. The rappels off the arch are a real show-stopper for the cars driving by. If you have a couple hours to burn, I suggest go do Wilson Arch; it's good bang for your buck.
Oct 22, 2007
Do it for the simul-rap, not the climb. It is a fun little side trip, as Todd says, if you have a couple of hours to burn. There is also a decent anchor w/ slings if you are doing it solo.
|By Mike McMahon|
From: Vernal, Utah
Nov 21, 2007
Soloed it.... without a rope. I found a few sections of the downclimb pretty scary! This one would have been way cooler with a partner and a rap!
|By Nathan Tomlin|
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 16, 2010
rating: 5.5 R
Climbed it in 3 pitches, but really a rope is just for emotional support. It's easy, but long stretches without gear placements. The Looking Glass is nearby and supposedly rated a 5.7, but they seemed the same, so I'm splitting the difference and saying both are 5.5.
I was excited to try a simul-rap, but when we got up top, it was narrower and flatter than we expected. Didn't think it was a good 1st simul-rap, so we used the rap anchors.
|By Sarah Meiser|
From: Boulder, Colorado
Nov 8, 2010
If you plan to rap off the anchors on top a 60 meter rope will just barely get you down.
|By paul bucher|
From: moab, utah
Sep 20, 2011
the crux is the first move off the starting shoulder. well protected with finger size. 5.6 but i did it in my hiking boots. my partner in climbing shoes seemed to think it was easier than that. smooth sailing after that
|By Tristan Higbee|
Apr 25, 2012
The approach beta here says that the arch is between mile markers 102 and 103, but that's actually the Looking Glass Rock turnoff. Wilson Arch is another 2-3 miles down the road.
We climbed it in 2 long pitches (see topo) with a 70 for nearly 400 feet of climbing. The climbing is kind of crappy but the rappel makes it worth it.
A single 70m rope easily gets you down if you rappel from the anchors but it wouldn't be enough for the simul rap.