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MMclimbhighWest Fins  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2015


Fun adventure. Beautiful inner canyon hike to outstanding views at the summit. We had the place all to ourselves. Great weekend in Arches!
Posted Nov 9, 2015 11:07 am

Liba Kopeckovafun scramble on Mother's Day with my son  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2015

Liba Kopeckova

Fun outing with my son (we had to get away since we just lost our dog Duchess). Route finding was not bad, higher up were even some cairns. The rappel was fun (my son's first free air rappel). Climbing sections were easy...
Posted May 10, 2015 11:05 pm

tdoughtyFun Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2014


Solo day in the Park. WINDY summit.
Posted Dec 3, 2014 2:31 pm

BryceFirst ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014
Met up with a friend on his way to Arizona for a scrambling/canyoneering/rapelling adventure... it was all ours and totally worth it. Some cloud cover helped keep us out of the worst of the heat, but never dripped a drop on us.
Posted Oct 13, 2014 5:56 pm

ShayleeElephant Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2014


Posted Jan 21, 2014 9:32 am

SawtoothSeanRoute Finding  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2013


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



Posted Dec 31, 2013 4:16 pm

breadboxMoo!  Sucess!


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


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

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


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

GregHazGreat short trip!!!


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


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

pyergergreat adventure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2010


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


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


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


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!

Posted May 21, 2009 9:08 pm

shknbkeawesome!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2009


We ended our memorable UT trip with Elephant Butte, and it was my favorite climb of the weekend. Loads of eye candy and quality scrambling on this one. I wish we had more time to explore it as we had to get down before it got dark. I will have to return someday. Hard to beat the bang for the buck on this one.
Posted Mar 25, 2009 3:23 pm

weeds19Unknown Wonder!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2003


We drove down from Ogden for this climb on a sunny winter day. The route didn't disappoint as the climbing was fun and the views great. Only a few summitters over the years, but this is one of my favorite climbs/hikes that I've done.
Posted Oct 17, 2007 9:54 pm

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