June, '04

Crescent Crack in Little Cottonwood Canyon with Ian

    The day had finally come, Ian and I were going to climb a multipitch trad route together. It seemed as though this should have happened already since we'd been climbing together for more than a year. None-the-less, we had climbed only at the City of Rocks, in Logan Canyon, and at Ross Park after a failed attempt to get to Massacre Rocks. Now Ian was taking me to an area I had only visited twice previously and I was beyond content. Little Cottonwood Canyon was still very new to me and I felt the excitement that comes with exploring a new area.

    Ian recommended a nice, four-pitch 5.7 called Crescent Crack.  Of course he didn't tell me about the offwidth until we were at the base and we had already decided who would take the first lead... :)  It was all fun though and we had a fine time. 


Ian leaves the ground on Crescent Crack.

Near the end of the difficulties on the first pitch.

Ian at the base of the second pitch, happy to get to watch me have a go at it.

Pulling through the 5.7 offwidth. Notice the heel hooking! It is pretty wild for 5.7

Higher on the pitch.

Enjoying our wonderful position with nice easy rock and terrific views of the Salt Lake valley.

Ian at the belay.

The crux of the route. There could be come camera angle play in this picture.


We finished on Final Link, a 5.9 variation with exciting friction climbing between 15 foot runouts.

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