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strudolyubovWest Fins  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 30, 2014

strudolyubov

Solo climb via West Fins route. 2 hours car-to-car with beta from Falcon's "Best Climbs Moab".
Posted Apr 3, 2014 4:24 pm

Brian Kalet2 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2014

Brian Kalet

With 4980.
Posted Mar 17, 2014 9:21 am

Matt LemkeIcy...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2014

Matt Lemke

Scott, Kessler, Kim, Shaylee and I climbed this in mid-January. There was snow and ice everywhere making the climb a little spicier than normal. I ended up soloing up the crux before the ascent rappel and throwing a handline down. Summit was beautiful. The descent rappel had a huge icicle flowing down it making that interesting and slick! Followed this climb with Bullwinkle Tower on the way back to the car.
Posted Jan 23, 2014 3:18 pm

ShayleeElephant Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2014

Shaylee

1-18-2014
Posted Jan 21, 2014 9:32 am

SawtoothSeanRoute Finding  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2013

SawtoothSean

Really fun route finding and rappels to the Park's high point
Posted Jan 15, 2014 11:29 am

KesslerElephant Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2013

Kessler

1-18-2014

11-9-2013
Posted Dec 31, 2013 4:16 pm

breadboxMoo!  Sucess!

breadbox

Good times with RAM!
Posted Feb 12, 2013 2:13 am

Garon CorizFirst Canyoneering Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2012

Garon Coriz

Felt more like canyoneering to me. The crux wasn't much of anything. The rappels were fun as heck, proving a challenge to my friends, Bianka and Michelle.
Posted Oct 8, 2012 2:02 am

larch32Fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2012
Green's description was spot on without giving everything away. I was glad to have rock shoes while I climbed around trying to figure out which way to go after climbing up to the bench.
Posted Jul 13, 2012 12:22 pm

mansfieoGreat Adventure!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2012

mansfieo

What a great adventure. It's easy to get lost so take along good beta. We had The Falcon Guide's Best Climbs of Moab, which was very useful
Posted Apr 27, 2012 12:34 pm

Digglergreat adventure!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2012

Diggler

Not sure of what I'd be getting into when I started this route. Green's description in Best of Moab (Falcon Guide), while only showing 1 photo, good, though. Stood around in a various sections for some time pondering the correct direction & my fate. Made a wrong turn or 2.

Crux seemed a bit iffy while doing it, although I only did it after assuring myself I could reverse the move if I was going the wrong way. 5.3 sounds about right in retrospect. After seeing a footprint in the sand after pulling it, then the rap' station, I knew I was on-track. Rest was obvious.

Views from top were spectacular! Ranger had just placed new register 4 days before, so I was the 1st to sign it! As I only had about an hour before sunset when I got to the top, the unknown descent was a bit stressful, but again, the descent information in the guide was pretty spot-on, & it worked out fine.

All in all, a great outing! ~2 hours up, 1 hour down. Could definitely see doing this again. A delight.

I'd recommend to would-be summiters via this route comfort at the grade- at the crux there are few pro' opportunities. Unfamiliarity with area sandstone slab (like me) could also lead to difficulties- it's certainly different than granite! Give yourself a fair amount of time to do the route, as it's easy to get lost. Extra webbing to back up the rap' stations isn't a bad idea. Finally, don't forget your camera!
Posted Feb 2, 2012 6:08 pm

chicagotransplantBack For More  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2011

chicagotransplant

Second time up the West Fins route, went with Jamie, Brian and his wife Jen. Route seemed more straightforward the second time around, but still a lot of fun. Some interesting areas off the sides of the route to poke around and explore in too, just a really cool area!
Posted Nov 21, 2011 12:45 pm

Brian CDay 2 of climbing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2011

Brian C

Third time for me and the first for my wife. I love this hike and it's a great way to see arches!!!
Posted Apr 1, 2011 11:33 am

GregHazGreat short trip!!!

GregHaz

I think I have done it 3 or 4 times. It is a wonderful short day climb and that makes it great for exit days.
Posted Jan 18, 2011 8:13 pm

blueshadeGreat Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2010

blueshade

Very fun scramble, but very short (depending on how much exploring you do). Also did it in about 2:30 despite some playing. Still well worth it considering that it is right off one of the main drives. Near 360 degree view on top.

Not that I know ratings all that well, but I would consider the 5.4 rating accurate. However, it is really only a couple of moves and not overly exposed. Protection, solid climber in the group or otherwise, people shouldn't be trying climbs, scrambles, 14ers, canyons or whatever unless they are comfortable with heights and confident in their OWN ability. Ropes and spots give a false sense of security and don't make you learn to trust yourself.

11-6-10 Went again with two mostly inexperienced climbers. Did the whole route in about 2hrs. Upon climbing the "crux" again, I think that I'd agree it's only 5.2. It just looks somewhat intimidating with the chute below you.
Posted Oct 30, 2010 2:19 am

Brian CGreat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2010

Brian C

Climbed for a second time. Rappel slings in good shape. Had to replace one though. One of my favorite routes. Very engaging!
Posted Jun 2, 2010 7:45 pm

pyergergreat adventure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2010

pyerger

This was a great adventure. I found the route finding to be the crux of the trip. Very windy day, which added to the exitment!
Posted May 3, 2010 1:49 pm

vanman798Fun scamble and great Rappels  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2010

vanman798

Did this one with the Utah Climbing Club. With a group of over 20 it only took us four hours round trip.
Posted Apr 12, 2010 11:35 am

chicagotransplantWest Fins  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2009

chicagotransplant

Climbed through the maze of fins with Jamie, he had been there before so the routefinding went really quick. Only used the rope for the two rappels, we felt the class 5 sections were brief and not too difficult, but all parties should asses their owns skills and risk threshold when it comes to where to rope up, and where not to.
Posted Nov 9, 2009 10:39 am

shanahan96maze of fins  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2009

shanahan96

10/15/10- back visiting an old friend w/steve and jim on a beautiful utah, bluebird desert day. always love this adventure!

11/28/09- toured a cold elephant butte w/aaron and mike garratt. didn't want to linger too long in the shade before a late sun started making things comfortable.

11/7/09- cruised this baby again w/mike. bumped into bob dawson and sharon adams along the way, whom we joined forces with for an enjoyable outing.

5/19/09- summited the maze of elephant butte with jessica and josh. they did awesome for newbies but took more time(5-5.5 hours) than i imagined. the 5.4 crux wasn't what i expected but it wouldn't be an issue for a competent climber whatsoever.

can't wait to do it again!

jamie
Posted May 21, 2009 9:08 pm

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