Belay Specs Blog

This blog has less to do with Belay Specs and more to do with our employee's climbing and outdoor outings.  We'll talk about exciting news about Belay Specs but we'll talk much more about the trips we've taken and the places we've checked out.  We'd like to share some of our experiences in the hope that they inspire you to check the areas out for yourselves. If you read about an area or activity in one of our posts and have questions on beta, route recommendations or anything else, leave a comment and we'll try to fill you in.

My friend Buddy wanted to get out climbing for the afternoon so we headed up to Hellgate in Little Cottonwood. Little Cottonwood Canyon is most well known for the granite climbing in the bottom half of the canyon but just near the town of Alta, home of the ski resort, limestone stones cliff provide some high altitude climbing.

The 14 year old Falcon Guide Rock Climbing the Wasatch Range lists nearly 40 routes and developement in the intervening years has added at least another 50 routes at areas including the Melting Mud Wall and Goatland Wall. Most of this development was done by Greg Martinez. Some folks think his routes are a bit over bolted but that makes them good for those who don’t like runouts. A small paper guide of these routes as well as other new areas not found in the Wasatch guide can be purchased at International Mountain Equipement, aka IME, in Salt Lake City (3265 E. 3300 S). The proceeds from sales goes to buying gear so that Greg can put up more routes.

Buddy had a plan in mind so we headed up to the Hellgate Towers. The three towers are on the lower eastern side of the cliff band and offer a variety of climbing. Unlike the new Martinez routes, these routes can be a bit runout. We warmed up on Little Hellion (5.9) which starts in the gap between towers 1 and 2. The first bolt was a bit high on easy terrain but the second bolt was just after an awkward mantel with questionable rock. The route continued up the left side of a cave and onto the slabby face above. Overall a fun route that makes you think a bit.

Little Hellion goes up the rib to the left of the overhang
We walked over to the gully between Towers 2 and 3 which is known as the Shooting Gallery after the rocks that occasionally rain down it. We got on a couple more sport routes, The Big Chill and Social Realism (both 5.10a). Both routes have some techy moves and are a bit runout. The first bolt on Social Realism is pretty high so we clipped it while rapping off of The Big Chill just to be on the safe side.

I’m excited to climb more routes up here when its too hot to climb lower in the canyon. There are lots of opportunities for good days out climbing.

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