Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

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Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

Postby BackClip » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:35 pm

Anyone got an idea? Lone Peak has some 5.12's at 11,000. But is there anything higher up that you guys know about? I am thinking Uintas most likely. Thoughts?
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Re: Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

Postby mountainsense » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:09 pm

I'd imagine that the hardest pitches--at altitude-- here in the Wasatch would most certainly be found at Lone Peak Cirque. There may be more difficult moves on certain sport lines in the Uintas, for sure, but the steeper lines on the Question Mark Wall, for instance, combine sustained climbing, tricky gear and an approach, to boot. I'd have to say that the Question Mark Wall Route (5.12b/c, 3 pitches, FFA: M. Bitter, S. Ruckman, 1989) and, perhaps, Rare Form (5.12c, FFA: J. Knight, S. Sanders, 2002) would give you a run for your money; they'd no doubt be the most challenging to onsight, as they're traditionally protected and feature far less chalk on the holds than a popular, hard sport route. Giv'r!!!

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Re: Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

Postby db » Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:26 am

I'd vote for Hypoxia (12d/13a) at Stone Garden in the Uintas. Proper name.

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Re: Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

Postby BackClip » Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:00 pm

Oh, I wish I could climb 5.12 routes in LPC. Or crag 13a in the Uintas. Just wonderin' if there was some radical line on Kings Peak or someplace over 12,000 that somebody knew about..
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Re: Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

Postby rudyj2 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:34 pm

BackClip wrote:Oh, I wish I could climb 5.12 routes in LPC. Or crag 13a in the Uintas. Just wonderin' if there was some radical line on Kings Peak or someplace over 12,000 that somebody knew about..


or someplace. :lol:
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Re: Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

Postby triznut » Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:04 pm

BackClip wrote:Oh, I wish I could climb 5.12 routes in LPC. Or crag 13a in the Uintas. Just wonderin' if there was some radical line on Kings Peak or someplace over 12,000 that somebody knew about..


Kings peak... :lol: That's funny!
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Re: Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

Postby BackClip » Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:55 am

The only time I was there I was 13, so I don't have a memory of rock there. Just wonderin....

Where do YOU think it's at Rudy? :)
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Re: Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

Postby rudyj2 » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:17 am

BackClip wrote:Where do YOU think it's at Rudy? :)
Ostler Peak??? maybe Red Castle???

db has the grade right but the elevation is a little low on that one.

Splittin hairs.....really. A few hundred feet higher in one place or a grade higher in another. I can't climb that hard anyways.
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Re: Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

Postby BackClip » Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:33 pm

Isn't that what climbers do? Split hairs? Anyway a few hundred feet higher does count, just ask K2. har har
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Re: Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

Postby rudyj2 » Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:33 pm

BackClip wrote:Anyway a few hundred feet higher does count, just ask K2. har har


Well, you do have a point there. :wink:

I can think of a few places for splittin hairs next summer.
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Re: Where is the hardest Pitch(es) at altitude in Utah?

Postby sp » Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:10 pm

db wrote:I'd vote for Hypoxia (12d/13a) at Stone Garden in the Uintas. Proper name.


Is that the roof over to the left of Sessions? If that's it, there's my vote. That thing was ridiculously hard.

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