Wall­street Climb­ing

Gripped - - AREA PROFILE - Tim Ban­field is a climber and pho­tog­ra­pher based in Calgary.

Bring a thicker rope, some­thing that you aren’t afraid of get­ting dirty, cer­tainly don’t bring your brand new superdry coated half ropes. Also, bring a l arge se­lec­tion of cams, try to head there with at least a dou­ble rack, you’ll prob­a­bly end up ask­ing an­other party to bor­row a cou­ple of pieces if you in­tend on climb­ing split­ters.

Don’t be con­cerned with pack­ing your gear into just one pack, this is one of the few des­ti­na­tions that you can ap­proach the crag yard-sale-style, don’t even un­pack your bin if you have one, just carry it to the route that you plan on climb­ing.

An­other thing to con­sider i n Moab is the tem­per­a­ture. Of­ten, on sunny days the mid­day temps at Wall­street can get pretty hot, a good plan is to climb early and then take a break mid­day for lunch, re­turn­ing to the cliff around 2 p.m. when the routes start to go back into the shade.

Moab is a great small town, it seems to be a cen­tre for ad­ven­tur­ing for not only climb­ing but most out­door ad­ven­ture sports. Be sure to take a day off and check out the moun­tain bik­ing too, it’s world class and al­most as en­joy­able as the climb­ing. Be­ing such an ac­ces­si­ble and var­ied crag Wall­street is not to be missed, even if you only head there for a few hours while pass­ing through it is worth the visit.

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