I hadn’t been up there this season, and was completely thrilled to see that not only has the City of Draper opened the Corner Canyon road, they have put up burly fences and outlawed motorized vehicles in the area. Yippy! In the past, the entire area had been trashed with illegal roads, campfires and tons of litter. Now it looks much better, and while they were at it, they even cut in a nice new hiking trail.
We hiked up/back in a day, which is fairly common, although camping overnight in the Cirque is a treat as well. My partner for the day was Dr. Geoff Tabin who moved to Utah about three years ago. Geoff was the third or forth person to complete all Seven Summits and he runs the Himalayan Cataract Project, as well as squeezing in lots of climbing and skiing.
We ended up doing the Center Thumb Route (five pitches, 5.9) as many of the other classic routes had people on them, and the Center Thumb is a beautiful line.
The weather was perfect and we weren’t in a hurry, so the entire car-to-car trip took about twelve hours.
Geoff Tabin floating through the crux of the Center Thumb.
The only downside of the entire day was showing up at “The Cotton Bottom” bar and grill fully anticipating a beer & burger…. and finding them closed. Sigh – Sunday in Utah. A small price to pay.
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