First Pitch of Clas­sic Moab Route Col­lapses

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The clas­sic desert route Jah­man had its first few pitches col­lapse in Jan­uary. Lo­cal climbers were quick to es­tab­lish a new start where the pitches had fallen off. The route climbs the south­east face of Sis­ter Su­pe­rior in Cas­tle Valley. Climb­ing guide Gaar Lausman said, “Crew of four lo­cals, Mark Howe, Jake War­ren, Dave Sadof and my­self re­claimed Jah­man. We es­tab­lished three new pitches that link into the orig­i­nal line. The new climb is fairly clean, fun and en­gag­ing.” The new route adds a 5.12b/c pitch, which ups the grade quite a bit from the orig­i­nal 5.10. The top of the new third pitch ends on a nat­u­ral ledge and joins the orig­i­nal route. Mark Howe said, “Un­sta­ble and ac­tively set­tling. Spon­ta­neous rock slid­ing in the im­pact area is oc­cur­ring and con­tin­u­ing over the rock band below the base.”

Left: Jah­man up Sis­ter Su­pe­rior in Moab be­fore the rock­fall

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