Climbing Becky’s Wall in Little Cottonwood Canyon

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Last Saturday my son Niels, and my long-time climbing partner, Kai, climbed the ultra-classic Becky’s Wall (5.7) in Little Cottonwood Canyon. We first climbed this route back in the mid-eighties as college students. It is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, 5.7 route in the canyon. It is a 3 pitch route; the first is a short 5.7 pitch up an open book with a nice finger crack. The second pitch also goes at 5.7 and continues up the open book, then jogs left up a steep (near vertical) face to a comfortable belay. The last pitch is an easy 5.4 up a blocky crack system. We combined the first two pitches which made for a long ~150′ pitch. It was a beautiful day, though a little warm, especially on that white, glaring granite. We did two rappels down the route as that was easier and more straightforward than other descent options.

Niels and I partway up the second pitch.
Niels and I partway up the second pitch. (photo by Kai Larson)

 

Niels on the steep upper section of the second pitch. (photo by Kai Larson)
Niels on the steep upper section of the second pitch. (photo by Kai Larson)
Niels topping out on the second pitch. (photo by Kai Larson)
Niels topping out on the second pitch. (photo by Kai Larson)

 

The route felt steeper and harder than we remembered it, but we’re also a lot older and fatter than we were in our twenties when we first climbed it. Back then we were single and pretty ripped. At least we were still able to get up a climb we did so long ago. It was Niels’ first time on a multi-pitch traditional rock climb. He had a really good time and climbed well. I love the granite in Little Cottonwood Canyon and its always nice to get out into the outdoors.

Niels working his way up the third pitch.
Niels working his way up the third pitch.
Kai rapelling off the third pitch.
Kai rapelling off the third pitch.
Niels rapping off the third pitch.
Niels rapping off the third pitch.
Rapping off the second pitch.
Rapping off the second pitch.
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