Monday after work I took my family climbing up Maple Canyon. We met up with my brother-in-law who came down with his family from Lehi, Ut. He spends a lot of free time after work in Momentum Indoor climbing Gym so he is a lot better climber than I am. With 140+ sport routes in Maple Canyon, there are plenty of climbs to choose from, many are right next to the road.
We stopped at an area known as ROCK ISLAND. The routes are about 20 yards from the road so it is a great place to climb if you want to listed to music from your vehicle while you climb. Rock Island has 6+ climbs with grades from 5.7 to 5.10c. It is great to have such an awesome place to climb in my own backyard.
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This past weekend my family went rock climbing. We usually climb locally up Maple Canyon, a great place to climb with 100+ bolted routes. This time we decided to try a new place, for my wife and I anyways, that was only 5 minutes from our house In Ephraim.
About a half mile up Ephraim Canyon there is a road that cuts off to the left of the main canyon road called New Canyon. If you follow New Canyon road for about another half mile you will see some cliffs on your left. There isn’t really any parking so we had to pull off the road as much as possible. There are several bolted climbing routes in this area. I am not sure how many because we didn’t do much exploring. Here are a few pictures of our climbing.
Maple Canyon is the best place on earth to rock climb! They have camping sites up the canyon so you can climb all day and sleep and climb again! I wonder if people from Sanpete realize what a treasure this place is. Rock climbing in Sanpete is a Blast!
Last night I went climbing with a youth group on an indoor climbing wall. What a disappointment. It’s like drinking powdered milk instead of the real thing. I think back to last November when it was still warm enough to climb up Maple Canyon. Thanks to many dedicated rock climbers there are more bolted climbing routes than I can count in Maple Canyon.
A good place to get warmed up in Maple Canyon is called “The School Room”. It is right next to the Forest Service Campground. At the School Room there are various bolted routes from 5.4 to 5.10b in difficulty. It’s a good place for kids to climb because the conglomerate rock formations provide great hand and foot holds. Last fall we even persuaded my 65 year old dad to climb here for the first time. (I wonder if that is why he had back surgery this week?)
Anyway, Spring is coming and the snow will soon be gone in Maple Canyon. Until then I will have to be happy with powdered milk!