Helicopter rotors beat the air this morning as local START team members and AirMed lifted an injured man from Maple Canyon. Detailed information is pending, but initial reports indicate that a man became “ledged in” last night and spent the nigh high in the cliffs. Early this morning, friends attempted to talk and guide the [...]
12 years in the making…
After a 12 year wait the comprehensive, locally written Maple Canyon Rock CLimbing guidebook is available! Order it online or stop into Pipe Dream Adventure Sports on 327 South Main in Ephraim to pick up your copy. Read on for a little history…
The third edition of Maple Canyon Rock Climbing was published in 2000. That guidebook featured 200+ routes for one of the worlds most popular and iconic sport climbing areas.
New route development quickly rendered the guide outdated. By 2005 there were twice as many routes in the canyon as there were in the “outdated” guidebook. The original author (me), raising a young family, could no longer keep up with the development and passed the mantel onto active local route developer Darren Knezek.
In 2006 Darren Knezek assumed the role of guidebook author. A strong drive for a perfect guidebook and constant new route development delayed the guidebook release. Rumors of the much desired guide swelled with every spring and slowly died with each coming fall. Americas premier summer sport climbing destination would remain without a guidebook for 12 years.
Darren spent much of 2009, 2010 and 2011 climbing every route in Axhandle Canyon, Choke Cherry Dike, New Canyon and Round Valley and most of the routes in Maple Canyon – totaling over 550 ascents. Howd’ya like that for first-hand information?
Above: DK doing what he does best. Maple Canyon, UT.
After much anticipation, the new edition of Maple Canyon Rock Climbing is now available. Here are some reasons why you’ll want to consider buying Darren Knezeks version of the guide:
- 600+ total routes in the guidebook
- 550+ routes in Maple Canyon
- 20+ routes are multi-pitch routes totaling more than 60 pitches by themselves!
- 50+ routes in five satellite areas, consisting of volcanic, sandstone and limestone walls
- Several previously unpublished climbing areas
- 300+ color pages
- Area history and anecdotes by route developers
- Route insights and tidbits by the route developers and FA climbers
- No “unknown” routes – this is the one and only comprehensive guide
- Photos by local photographers
- Written by a local route developer
- Supported by local route developers
Consider your options before you purchase a guidebook this spring! Prepare yourself. May 1.
Darren Knezek, ice climbing day in Maple Canyon January 1 2010
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Noah and I donned drills and hardware this weekend and set out to finish developing a wall I started 12 years ago. Until we get the routes cleaned and the wall finished I will withhold the location, but it’ll be worth the wait! When we are done there will be 8-10 routes from 5.7 to [...]