10/23/19 w/Ryan Stadheim and Kyrah Kirchner
Epic. Had so much fun climbing this tower.
Casual and fun
Climbed with Doug, Mandi, Nicholas, and Matt. Sean stayed at the base. I lead the first pitch of South Face Right (5.9) and Nicholas lead the second pitch. Matt tailed up behind us. Doug and Mandi went up the left leaning crack and got the the west summit. Incredible day!
On a quick road trip after work.
Beautiful fall day on SSS. Hope to come back for a few more routes….
Nice approach, really well cairned and easy to follow. The climb was interesting enough, first 2 pitches really easy, the last one had a few interesting moves - definitively harder than 5.6. Mountain projects suggesting more 5.7 to 5.9 ratings per different people. I thought a few moves - to get over the mantle - were poorly protected and scary for a leader. Bolt should have been placed lower to protect the leader. I did lead the 2nd pitch variation with a left leaning crack, which was fun - mountain project rated it as 5.7. Unfortunately, this nice little crack was too short.
Descent: just one rappel with 2 sixties (we had no problems with pulling ropes).
2nd time: 3/5/17 - fun and the last pitch felt much easier. Beautiful day with no people around.
Was a fun hike in, to realize that we could have parked much closer to the climb. However, then if would have missed some amazing site seeing. had to down climb the first pitch due to other climbers down below.
Fun easy climb after 12 years, don't remember much. Went up the east tower which was taller and full of anchors
Lead the south six shooter and had a blast! I definatly want to do the North next time I am in the creek.
Did with Lark & Britney. After having a day of mandatory Creek groveling, made an 'easy' day of it the next & finally did this great desert objective. I led Ps 1 & 3. Fun climbing, & the final summit pinnacle moves were weird & fun. Amazing views from the top, although they would have been better if it weren't overcast. Wind was howling! Lost the cairns on the way down & had an interesting time downclimbing the numerous cliff bands back to the plain below. All in all a fun day, & really cool summit to boot!
I met Brian C and friends for our climb of South Six Shooter Peak. Noah wanted to climb North Six Shooter (which is a harder climb) so the group split in two. Noah and his partner headed off for their climb while Brian, Joe and I drove up Davis Canyon to climb South Six Shooter.
We found our way up the strenuous approach up the slopes of South Six Shooter to the base of the technical pitches of the tower. There were three technical pitches of rock. The first pitch was straightforward and the second had one scary leap/traverse. The third pitch was the crux. The more in shape Brian and Joe climb it with ease, but I struggled and grunted up the pitch and with folly tried to climb the corner too far right. Once I got my foot on the other side of the groove it was easier, which I should have done in the first place.
It was getting pretty hot by the time we were on the summit and on the final pitches. Brian and Joe climb the second sub-summit tower (which may be slightly higher) before we headed down the rock face.
Since Noah’s climb was more difficult, we figured that they would take longer so we headed up Davis Canyon to explore around. I had hoped to show them a big arch/ruin combination back in there, but we wandered around many sometimes precarious ledges and along ridges and still didn’t find it. We then hiked up canyon to some ruins and to the really nice Five Faces Pictograph.
After Davis Canyon we returned to the rendezvous point to find that Noah’s group had been unsuccessful due to the unusually hot weather (the owner of the Needles Outpost said she recorded 93F that day).
I asked the group if they wanted to visit a swim hole and they all said yes. We drove to the waterfall and pool for a refreshing swim (where we also set up camp). After swimming we climbed some minor, but fun rock buttes (the rest climbing two and me one).
All around fun and adventure. The crux was definitely getting out there- the road was pretty awful. The approach was really cool as well and went by relatively fast. Great summit!
Easy, fun romp up the South Face. The drive in/approach was the hardest part. Awesome country.
Climbed on a rest day. A second group came up from doing the offwidth. Who climbs an offwidth without his shirt on? The torn nips told the story well haha!
climbed south six-shooter w/aaron on a gorgeous day! fun opening pitch brought us to some difficulties higher up. the final mantle onto the summit seemed much harder than 5.6 without some aiders, including a #2 cam placement.
overall a fantastic climb in a stunning location! yeah, i'd do it again....
This was my first muli-pitch climb and my first desert tower. Too bad it was 35 degrees at the start of the climb or it would have been a lot funner. It felt tougher than 5.6, probably due to the cold.
We found the approach to be very well cairned, quick, and easy with one or two 4th class moves. We climbed the 5.6 route first thing in the morning and it was windy, shadowed, and very cold. It was fun but I wish it would have been warmer. My fingers and toes were numb which made the climbing more difficult than it should have been. Nevertheless, a great experience on my first desert tower.
Great views, interesting approach.
The crux of the route is definitely picking your way through the bottom ledges and the upper scree. Once on the route, the climbing was fun, and the views from the top is an incredible 360-degree view of the Indian Creek / Canyonlands area with North Sixshooter and the Bridger Jack Spires in the distance.
Fun little tower...long approach.