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Kolob Canyon, Tucupit, West Face

Bill Forrest and I made this climb in early June. The west face route on Tucupit follows the prominent crack splitting the face of the buttress left of center. A more indefinite crack lies to its right. We approached via the north fork of Taylor Canyon and walked an hour and a half from the trailhead to the foot of the climb. There are eight sustained pitches of mostly free climbing, except for pitches 2 and 3, which are more aid than free. At the fourth pitch the climb eases and provides a variety of climbing through chimneys and over several interesting roofs. Friends are useful for protection and aid throughout the climb. A highly recommended route. NCCS V, F8, A2.

William March