Sunday, July 1, 2012

Outside Corner, BCC

Outside Corner
5.7+ Trad
3 pitches

Outside Corner is an arete climb in Big Cottonwood Canyon with lots of fun exposure. The route follows the main corner (arete) above the geology sign ("remnants of an ancient sea") near the big curve before the Storm Mountain Area.

This route is VERY fun and offers some challenging, exposed moves. The route is 3 pitches and fairly sustained in difficulty. This was an instant favorite for me, despite the proximity of the road.  Bring approach shoes up the route for the descent.
Looking down from the top of pitch 1

Pitch 1 climbs the arete and a small chimney and more arete until you reach a BIG ledge.
Pitch 2 climbs the arete and around and up an exposed face to a big ledge with an overhanging rock (you will see an old piton and webbing)
Pitch 3 climbs up to the right onto the face from the belay station and is VERY exposed and very fun. Be careful with rope drag as it is easy to wander on either side of the arete on this pitch.