American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Utah, Artist's Tears, Moab

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  • Publication Year: 1977

Artist’s Tears, Moab. Along the Colorado River, three miles east on Highway 128 from the junction of 163, there is an obvious northwest- facing, overhanging wall with black and brown streaks sweeping across what appears to be a totally featureless face. Molly Higgins and I were attracted to the route because of a fixed rope left on the first pitch. Not wanting to be “route-rippers,” we continued to the Yosemite. There we found the rope had been hanging for one year. Two days later, on May 28 Molly was reclimbing the first pitch. The route has three fairly long pitches, two being hard nailing and the last mostly bolts. The climb got character from our nailing up a small knifeblade and horizontal seam, which wandered up a 100-foot overhanging wall. NCCS IV, A4.

Larry V. Bruce, Elk Mountain Climbing Club

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