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The West: Little Cottonwood Canyon
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The West: Little Cottonwood Canyon

A huge portion of the United States’ professional climbers live in Salt Lake City and train in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Primarily a quartz monzonite area, LCC’s roped climbing is two-thirds trad and one-third runout sport. It’s a diverse and accessible climbing area, and among the most picturesque in Utah. “There’s a lot of great terrain up there, but Little Cottonwood is special because of the conglomerate knobs in the rocks,” says Hunter. “You can’t find another big, diverse climbing area with that type of stone anywhere else in the region.”

Closest Town: Salt Lake City, Utah
Grade Range: 5.6 – 5.13
Notable Routes: 837
Classics: Beckey’s Wall (5.7), The Coffin (5.9), The Fin Arête (5.10b), Medusa (5.11b/c), All Chalk and No Action (5.12a), Orange Crush (5.13b)
When to Visit: May-October

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