SOUTH SIX SHOOTER PEAK, SOUTH FACE (II 5.7)
FIRST ASCENT: Bill Roos, Denver Collins, and Burnham Arndt, 1969 RACK: Standard single rack
RAPPEL: Rap the route with one 60-meter rope.
GETTING THERE: From Moab, take Highway 191 south for 62 miles and then head west on Highway 211. Stay on 211 for another 21 miles, passing Newspaper Rock, Supercrack Buttress, and the Beef Basin Road; a er passing the Superbowl Campground, go less than a mile and turn le onto Davis Canyon Road. Head south for around 20 minutes on a rough, sandy 4WD road until you’re south of the talus cone. Look for obvious cairns that lead 1,000 feet up through a weakness, then to a wash, and then to the final switchbacks up the south side of the cone. Located between Indian Creek and Canyonlands National Park, the South Six Shooter provides moderate desert tower climbing on an iconic formation. Its South Face makes for a great adventure for the novice climber or a fun, easy outing for those on a rest day at Indian Creek.
The South Six Shooter is situated between the Needles district of Canyonlands and the sunlit walls of Indian Creek. Here, technicolor washes fan out in all directions and the silence is overpowering. The nearby syringe-shaped North Six Shooter is a summit straight out of an old Western.
The straightforward first pitch starts up the obvious broken crack system (5.5) that begins a step down and left of the main south face. The climb ascends a series of simple cracks, chimneys, and ledges as it wanders around the south face for three pitches. A tenuous, heady crux mantel guards the summit, but good sandstone holds await above.