A Summer Escape in the Uintas

Larson Quick Bouldering "Biceptual" V11
Larson Quick Bouldering “Biceptual” V11

Rising as high as 13,500 ft the Uinta Mountains are a bit higher than most popular climbing areas you will find throughout Utah.

 Located in the northeast region of the state, this area is mostly forested with pockets of alpine lakes throughout. Known more for it’s hiking and backpacking, climbing is still a fairly new activity here. Areas in the Uintas are still being developed, especially when it comes to bouldering!

Tommy Rigby bouldering this high ball V5
Tommy Rigby bouldering this high ball V5

These massive boulders consist of beautiful quartzite, a metamorphic rock made up of quartz sandstone subjected to tectonic heat & pressure. These high balls surrounded by chunks of break off make for some sharp landings so the climbing can be “exciting” even with good holds. So make sure to invite another friend for that extra spot and remember to grab another crashpad or two!

Collin Hale bouldering "Unbirthday" V7
Collin Hale bouldering “Unbirthday” V7

With its high elevation, the Uinta Mountains begin to get very cold as fall rolls in but creates the perfect place for summer climbing sessions if you are looking to escape the summer heat!

Rob Gerke has been climbing for almost 7 years and this is the most scenic place he has ever climbed and photographed. “I went camping here as a young kid and the area I shot is still being developed. The 3 guys I was with were still trying to get first ascents on some boulder problems and were throwing in variations to create new problems.”

These photos were taken and submitted to us by Rob Gerke. Check out more of Rob’s photography on his Instagram: @climbing_rob or check out his website at Rob Gerke Design

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