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.

After my last trip to Maple in June I was excited to get back and explore more cliffline and some harder routes that the area had to offer. My buddy Ryan is always pretty psyched to get out and this weekend was no different. He managed to swing a half day of work on Friday so I picked him up around 11:00 am in Provo and headed south for Maple. A little more than an hour later, we were driving up the canyon road looking for the Wiper Wall.

Wiper Wall is a relatively recent development and is literally a stone’s throw (or a pulled, falling cobble) from the road. The routes here are vertical to gently overhanging and long. The wall also gets excelent shade from mid-morning until late in the day. The length, angle, shade and approach make this a great place to get in some milage on a half day of climbing.

We arrived and had the crag to ourselves. We ran up Jackknifed (5.11a) to warm up. The route was a bit tricky off the ground but quickly moved between great holds. Some amazing holds took my breath away; they were huge jugs and I was sure the would blow apart in my hands at any moment. We found surprisingly little loose rock however and felt ready for out next challenge. The Hitchhiker (5.11d) is one of the more well known and unique routes here simple because it is so long. The note written in chalk at the base of the route states 24 bolts but there are actually 25 spread over 36 meters of climbing. I started up, skipped the useless low first bolt and, after clipping the third bolt stared into the vertical face above. A long reach got me established on the wall and a few moves and a bolt later I was worried if the route would go down today. After I struggled through a couple small holds, I clipped the 5th bolt and things eased up. I continued up to a ledge and stared up at the chains. I realized quickly that these were mid-route anchors for folks using a sub 70m rope. The route seemed to go on forever but the climbing stayed moderate at only about 5.10-. I was pretty excited to clip the anchors only a foot below the top of the formation. Ryan unvieled a brand new, shockling yellow rope and tied in for his ascent of the route. Afterwards we talked and agreed that the route’s length was it’s only standout feature. It’s a great route to do once but unless I’m looking for a training pump, it is unlikely that I’ll get back on it.

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 We were feeling warmed up and excited to get on something a little bit harder so we scooted around the corner to Beaten Into Submission (5.12a). I started up the route with 15 draws and high hopes of sending. It didn't pan out but the route was pretty fun. After watching me struggle near the end, Ryan knew what to expected and this, combined with his superior fitness, carried him to the anchors. Rather than getting back on Beaten to get further beaten, I put up Never Go Left (5.12a) at the right end of the cliff. This route seemed pretty tough for the grade and I was beaten down by this one instead. We decided to call it for the night and head to camp.

After leveling out my car on some big rocks we hiked up Box Canyon to check out the climbs. We kept going past the routes talked about potential routes on neat formations, although the bolting ban would have to be lifted for anything new to go up. We turned around at a waterfall that we deemed imprudent to climb up and headed back to camp.

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