An Amusement Park of Sandstone

Liberty Mountain employees, Jason Shumaker and Benjamin Eaton spent a weekend in the San Rafael Swell to enjoy some of dirty desert cracks and towers. Jason helps illustrate the elusiveness of the The Swell.

 “I can’t find that route anywhere!” A climbing partner of mine was trying to locate some beta on a new and obscure route located in the San Rafael Swell, the nominated National Monument swath of land in Emery County, Utah. He had looked in books, online forums and spent evenings bending the ears of potential informers at the local climbing gym but he was coming up empty. He had heard of the mystery climb from a friend of a friend who vouched for its new classic status and that it was the new must do when visiting the area. That’s how it goes for most of the routes in the Swell; they live like urban legends on the edge of conversations around the campfire but you can never seem to trace them back to the source.


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