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.

Salt Lake can get pretty hot in the summer but the Wasatch and Unita ranges offer excapes from the heat. It was 95 in the town today so we packed up the car and drove to Albion Baison, just above the town of Alta at the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon. With a paper guide from IME in hand, we hiked towards Cecret Lake looking for the clifflines described. The hike to Whipper Wall is maybe 20 minutes but we passed it and headed up further to Cecret Lake. The trail was busy with folks enjoying the day but as we walked around the lake, the crowds disappeared. We walked around the lake counterclockwise and found a trail traversing up the hill towards a shady cliff above the lake. The wall is easily identified as it is directly above the large talus field on the south side of the lake.

We got to the wall, drank some fluids and put on a layer. At 10,000 feet in the shade, the temperature was comfortably cool and refreshing. We started on the right side of the wall on a pair of routes. Alana was my rope gun today and she headed up the left of the two, a 5.9+ called Black Hash. The rock had a wet spot down low but otherwise conditions were great. The route was a good warmup but didn’t offer much of a challenge. We stepped right to Green Budy (5.10a) route and Alana headed up. This route had a definite crux but Alana made quick work of it and I found it a fun little challenge. We moved left down the cliffline to another pair of routes that shaired a set of anchors. We made quick work of both routes and moved on to the hardest route on the wall, Cough Your Off (5.10b), which climbed through a small rough and around a corner. Alana did a great job of making the route look easy. We finished up the day and wall with The Kind (5.10a) a nice arete route on the left end of the wall. We hiked out pysched about comign back up to the area during the summer to get out of the heat.

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In the end, all the benefits ultimately yield a more attentive belay, and its hard to argue against that. Highly recommended. 

Gripped, April/May 2013

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