Outside Corner: A Wasatch Classic

Written by on September 16th, 2013 // Filed under Blog, Photography

Roadside cragging abounds in Utah, but it’s not always easy to find roadside multi-pitch attractions that have great rock, cool exposure and scenic views. Enter: Outside Corner. As you whip around the Remnants of an Ancient Sea sign, it blasts you in the face with its prominence, but the real fun starts at when you get to the start of the last pitch.

Mountain Project link: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/outside-corner/105740009

I met up with Matt Park, Andy Earl and Forrest Shearer to give her the old college try, and I was pretty psyched because it was the first time on this route for both Matt and myself, as well as Forrest, who is a crusher of a human on a snowboard, but is relatively new to trad climbing, especially in a multi-pitch environment.

Matt and I played rock-paper-scissors to determine who would lead the first pitch, and it fell to me, so we racked up in the parking lot, motored up the short talus trail to the start of the route, and I was about a third of the way up the first pitch when Andy and Forrest rounded to corner and started the heckling.

Photographing multi-pitch climbing is about two major things, the location and the exposure. You have to shoot them from above, otherwise you might as well be climbing a single-pitch route, which usually either means that I’m rappelling solo from the top of the route, or that my partner and I are rope-gunning ahead of the main climbing team. The latter prevailed in this instance because I really wanted to climb the route.

Andy Earl on the sharp end.
Andy Earl on the sharp end.

Matt pulled out of the “cave belay” at the top of the second pitch right as Andy was pulling through the final moves just below the station, which was perfect timing for me to drag Matt up, rig the rope, and get some shots from above. To this date, Andy’s sharp-end shot with the BCC canyon below is one of my favorite climbing shots I’ve taken in the Wasatch. Thanks for a rad day, peeps.

Andy at the final belay station.
Andy at the final belay station.
Forrest Shearer on the final pitch.
Forrest Shearer on the final pitch.
Matt, Andy and Forrest at the top.
Matt, Andy and Forrest at the top.

 

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