"Moqui Peak"

November 13, 2009

A short but very interesting scramble up an improbable route on an often overlooked peak


This slot on "Moqui Peak" is key to attaining the summit. It allows passage between the south and north faces.

North face

CP stands on a ledge on the north face of "Moqui Peak" having just squeezed through the slot.


Incredible alcoves on the north side allow us to traverse west.

4th class step

Kevin climbs a wet 4th class step with a handline for added security.

Summit pitch

Kevin partway up the summit pitch. The hardest moves were the first few, 5.2ish or so in difficulty. CP led the short pitch in a light rain with rock shoes, slinging a bush partway up.

Below the summit

This is the top of the 5th class pitch. From here a few 3rd class moves put us on the summit.

Kevin topping out

Kevin is happy to be topping out on the summit of "Moqui Peak" after climbing it in less than ideal conditions. Unfortunately we didn't have any views from the top.

Starting the descent

Short, exposed 3rd class downclimb from the summit of "Moqui Peak".


Kevin rappelling from "Moqui Peak". CP functioned as an anchor for Kevin and I and then downclimbed the pitch with a little help from Kevin near the ground.

Wet downclimb

Kevin and I both took a handline for the short, wet 4th class downclimb.

Huge boulder

Kevin standing by a huge, interesting boulder along the route.

Tabernacle Dome

Tabernacle Dome as seen from "Moqui Peak". The ridge on the left can be gained via a brushy, low 5th class gully. From there its an exposed slickrock scramble to the summit.

Lambs Knoll

Lambs Knoll, one of the more interesting "knolls" I've ever come scross, as seen on the descent of "Moqui Peak". The summit can be attained via 3rd class scrambling with proper routefinding.

CP on the descent

CP descending the east face of "Moqui Peak".

Scrambling on the descent

Kevin carefully climbs down wet rock on the east face of "Moqui Peak".

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