UTAH DESERT

From the re­mote, windswept boul­ders of Ibex, to the ex­pan­sive talus fields of Joe’s Val­ley, to the smooth, ur­ban gran­ite of Lit­tle Cot­ton­wood Canyon, Utah of­fers boul­der­ing in a va­ri­ety of land­scapes, with many of the hard­est lines es­tab­lished by long­time

Climbing - - FROZEN IN TIME -

AIR­WOLF (V7), IN­DIAN CREEK

The most fa­mous of the newwave prob­lems com­ing out of In­dian Creek as­cends a wolf-shaped tower be­low the Sparks Wall. This Chris Schulte com­pres­sion line tops out at 25 feet, and most peo­ple will want to bring a rope and harness to rap in­stead of drop­ping back to the pads. Schulte de­scribes it as “One of the proud­est things I’ve ever seen.” Al­ter­nat­ing heel hooks and slaps take you off the deck—keep the com­pres­sion and the head steady, lest the Air­wolf pounce. Nearby clas­sics: The Split Boul­der (V6) at In­dian Creek, Chaos (V8) at the Big Bend Boul­ders

WILLS AFIRE (V6), JOE’S VAL­LEY

In 1998, Wills Young got lost look­ing for Steven Jef­fery in Joe’s Val­ley’s Left Fork, but he found a clas­sic in­stead. ;MPPW %½VI fol­lows a 30-de­gree over­hang on seams, edges, and pock­ets, cul­mi­nat­ing in a fin­ger­lock or gas­ton move to a high-enoughto-be-mem­o­rable lip en­counter. Ex­cited, Young told his then­cowork­ers at Climb­ing about find­ing one of the coun­try's best prob­lems. But the staff was too busy ski­ing to re­port his as­cent. Jef­fery loved Wills’s en­thu­si­asm and started call­ing the prob­lem Wills Afire. The name stuck. Nearby clas­sics: The An­gler (V2), They Call Him Jor­dan (V8), Be­yond Life (V10/12)

HUNTS­MAN GRAF­FITI (V5), MOE’S VAL­LEY

Moe’s Val­ley, near St. Ge­orge in south­ern Utah, has be­come a boul­der­ing pit­stop. When snow cov­ers ar­eas far­ther north, Moe’s pro­vides warm, sunny sand­stone. Tack­ling a line of crimps next to its name­sake graf­fiti on the Sen­tinel Boul­der, this prob­lem fea­tures en­joy­able moves above a flat land­ing. It's the per­fect gate­way drug to Moe’s Val­ley. Nearby clas­sics: Shot Hole (V6), Is­rail (V6), Grip­tion (V9)

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