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North America, United States, Utah, Central Utah Ice Climbs

Central Utah Ice Climbs. Several new ice climbs of high quality were done in January and February of 1987. These were located in Straight Creek Canyon, near Orangeville. Easy access via a maintained road and steep ice in a sandstone setting are ingredients of these classic waterfall climbs. Beehive: This 100-meter climb with overhanging cauliflower ice is up the most independently freestanding ice pillar in Utah. The crux involves a 10-meter section of overhanging ice. First ascent by Dean Hannibal and me in February (WI 5). Angelic Life Form (ALF): A series of vertical steps through vertical sandstone. Bob Ingle and I dedicated it to the memory of John Alf Engwall when we made the first ascent in January (WI 3). Easy Wind: A three-pitch ice climb west of ALF on the same cliff band. The third pitch ascends a beautiful pillar to a stance which is followed by a 5.6 move to the mesa top. First ascent by Bob Ingel and me in January (WI 3+). All three have rappels off the mesa.

Philip D. Powers, National Outdoor Leadership School