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North America, United States, Utah, Shadow Nose, Mineral Canyon

Shadow Nose, Mineral Canyon. Just above the standard take-out point for those who run Labyrinth Canyon is a north-facing buttress. In June Dave Mondeau and I put up Shadow Nose (III, 5.9, A1) on this buttress. The route follows long pure Friend cracks and was very enjoyable, although anyone seeing us return would have had doubts. Dave’s face was covered with caked blood after being hit by a nut that popped loose during cleaning and I was limping from a tom ligament, a result of treacherous talus. Then Dave’s truck refused to start …

Ron Olevsky