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 Peak(s):  South Six-Shooter Peak - 6,154 feet
 Post Date:  11/10/2009
 Date Climbed:   11/04/2009
 Posted By:  Furthermore

 South Six-Shooter Peak. The Easy Desert Tower   

South Six-Shooter Peak 6,154
November 4, 2009

North and South Six-Shooter Peaks. (South Six-Shooter on the left)
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After 3 days of climbing, we were looking for an easy 1/2 day excursion so we could make our long drive home. Since we were already in the Indian Creek area, South Six-Shooter was a good candidate. We woke up from our campsite and made the short drive to the Davis Canyon Road off of Utah 211.

Fun filled climbing at Indian Creek days prior.
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Fun filled climbing at Indian Creek days prior.
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The road wasn't difficult but high clearance was needed. We drove up a wash until we were directly southeast of the summit of South Six-Shooter. After sorting gear, we started our approach following a mellow finger extending from the southeast from the mesa. There was a climbers trail we found and followed until we were on the south side of the talus cone. From the south side of the cone, we continued up the south face of the summit massive.

South Six-Shooter on the approach.
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South side of South Six-Shooter.
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At the base of the climb looking towards North Six-Shooter.
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Anasazi Petroglyph near the base of the climb.
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We took a short break at the base to warm up a bit and then I started up the first pitch. The climbing was very blocky, easy, and well protected. Near the top of the first pitch, there were a few moves of chimney 5.6; the climbing was enjoyable. I set up a belay station at the top of the chimney to reduce rope drag since we had a party of three on one rope.

Starting up pitch one.
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Mid way up pitch one.
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The summit from the base of the climb.
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5.6 climbing on pitch one.
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5.6 climbing on pitch one.
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Bottom of pitch one.
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Donna starting up pitch one.
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Everyone made it easily to the top of the first pitch and shortly thereafter, I started out on a short traverse pitch. I traversed around on the southwest face and looked for the short 5.4 section but I didn't find it. Instead, I started up a 5.6-7 crack where I backed off due to rope drag and too much slack. If I were to take a fall, I would have hit a ledge which would have been a sure ankle twister so I set up another belay station.

Once I had the second belay station set up, the climbing up the crack went smoothly and more confidently with a belayer in sight and with less rope drag. I found out later I should have traversed on the northeast face around a point in the summit ridge and then followed the ridge proper (5.4) to the belay station directly below the summit block.

I gave the summit mantle pitch to Justin where he moved quickly. We arrived on the summit where we had excellent views of Indian Creek and North Six-Shooter Peak. Before the move to the summit, there was an ominous block lingering on the edge and should not used as a hand hold.
Justin starting the short summit pitch.
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Final moves to the summit.
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Justin checking out the oninous block.
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Summit views of North Six-Shooter.
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We rappelled off the summit to a chain anchor below the summit block. Moreover, we did another rappel to a large ledge with a webbing anchor sling and from the ledge, did a final third rappel to the ground. I think we could have combined the first two rappels without any problem. After reaching the base of the climb, we checked out the 5.9 cracks but decided to head back to the car and make the drive home.

Rappel off of the summit.
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Final rappel to the ground.
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Final rappel to the ground.
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The hike back to the car was enjoyable whereas the long drive home was not. It was a memorable trip and I can't wait to get back and do more desert climbing.

North and South Six-Shooter Peaks (taken the night before.)
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  • Comments or Questions (2)
mtsuji


Nice Report!     2009-11-10 13:36:25
I like the picture of the climber on incredible hand crack, thats probably one of my favorite climbs.


burningthebushes


which is the true summit?     2009-11-12 10:50:05
We just did this a couple weeks ago and thought the south summit was a foot or two higher. The Star drive-ins on top suggested climbers of the past thought so as well.



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