SOUTH SIX SHOOTER PEAK, SOUTH FACE (II 5.7)

Climbing - - CLINICS GUIDE'S TIP -

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.

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