I'm never going to to think of the word totlet in the same way again.
Fun fact about Mukuntuweap National Park major of the park can only be accessed by shuttle or you must apply for a parking/driving permit.
On the shuttle they play an informative audio track about the park while you ride to one of the 9 stops that the shuttle makes. Stop (1) the visit center (2) the human history museum (3 -8) "who the hell cares" just look out the window at all the walls you can climb on. Now now....... there is the Zion lodge and a some trailheads that lead to great hikes and that lead you to climbing areas. But really, just looking out the window with your jaw dropped like a kids in Disney World for the first time. (9) The Temple of Sinawava aka the totlet stop. Let me explain, at this stop you find the Temple of Sinawava one of the most majestic canyons ever. Created by the virgin river over millions of years, it is a perfect amphitheater with lush colorful hanging gardens at the base of towering sandstone walls. The river surrounded by trees in the mist of autumn is absolutely eye candy. But before you get to the amphitheater, that is a trailhead access point, you must pass the last public restroom. And behind that restroom up a gentle hill adorned with cacti is a climb know as "totlet crack". Here you find totlet crack right and left. Our eyes were set on totlet crack right. A wonderfully stacked climb consisting of 5.8, 5.8, 5.9, 5.7, 5.7 five pitches of full value fist, hand, finger and offwith climbing for the grade every step of the way.
The first 5.8 pitch luckily has a crack on another wall you can use for 15-20 feet of this 60ft pitch, then it's back into the crack you started on with fist jams to finger jams. At the top of the pitch is annoyingly small finger jams, then there is a thank you God jug and pod that you can climb on to sit and rest.
The next 5.8 pitch was almost the exact same thing but no opposing crack and fingers, just alternating between super wide hands to wide fist all the way up to a hanging belay that leaves you staring at the 5.9 offwith chimney with an uncomfortable roof that is a boulder problem that takes you right back into anoth
Throwback Thursday: I have tried this route probably around 20+ times but haven’t yet conquered it.
It is situated at Legoland in Montagu and is called Eddy of Bovidence (7a). A very short but powerful and pumpy route.
Although I haven’t sent it yet I keep on telling myself to try again... and again.
I am getting close and hoping to mark it down as complete on my next visit.
Which projects are you working on that requires you to give it your all?
The hike up to the Sundial is arduous for single pitch sport climbing however it's totally worth it. The climbs are fun, the views stunning and the atmosphere epic! Here I am just starting on the route which climbs the arete at grade 20. Night was taking over and my headlamp illuminated my path to add an extra element. Spectacular 👌