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Summary

Schoolroom features Ogden's highest concentration of established climbing along two tiers of quartzite cliffs. Access is committing but climbing is varied and rewarding for those who venture.

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Description

Climbing throughout the Schoolroom began long before local legends Jeff and Greg Lowe began establishing classic test piece trad lines such as Tree Crack (5.11a, early 60's) and Pass or Flail (5.11d, mid 60's). Although many trad lines were established early, little was documented prior to mid-80's. Sport development began proliferating ~2000's. Most climbs begin on the upper tier (4x4 ledge), with a few approach pitches through the lower band. Onsight climbing can be difficult and seem sandbagged. This area has west aspect, open exposure, with longer approaches and egress requiring a fair amount of navigating. Plan accordingly and strategically. The reward is an unapparelled, intimate setting with astounding views. Climbing along Ogden's Schoolroom is rewarding, well worth the effort, and offers something for everyone.

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Approach

Northern approach:

22nd Street Trailhead: follow Bonneville Shoreline Trail to location (41.2259478, -111.9270853). Trail marker will indicate approach trail to the Ramp.

North Alcove:

24th St or Lake St as for boulder field. Follow trail system to Patriot crack/ Current Affairs boulders aiming for talus field near the toe on North side of Alcove (41.2224093, -111.9264163). Navigate talus field toward short trad approach lines. Pick the most appealing route to gain the Basement and 4x4 ledge system.

Southern Approach:

27th Street Trailhead. Hike Bonneville Shoreline Trail to (41.216091, -111.925324) and continue through Upper Boulderfield aiming for the Crack boulder at the base of talus field. Continue up talus field aiming toward (41.2182174, -111.9234957). Once you reach Utahnics several options exist.

Opt. 1: Climb one of the Utahnics routes to gain 4X4 ledge.

Opt. 2: Start on Hyper Dependent and continue up and left on exposed class IV/ 5 easy terrain where two bolts are available.

Opt. 3: Use Approach Routes to gain 4X4 ledge.

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Steep drip formation through multiple steps on south end of Schoolroom Alcove. V-thread or natural anchor for egress. Hike through lower boulderfield and talus field at base of Alcove aiming for (41.2213786, -111.9246142).

Traversing Schoolroom offers a leisurely Via Ferrata style outing including fixed cable traverses, repels, a catwalk & light scrambling. Common options include a full traverse or partial traverse with a loop at the alcove.

Bouldery steep face climbing. Excellent for the grade and great top rope route. Boulders along base make this PG-13/R for leading. Several variations 10+ to 11 range. (41.2173292, -111.9257018)

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Author(s): Gerald Johnson

Date: 2022

ISBN: 979-8437966679

Ogden's Schoolroom is one of the most developed areas in Utah's Northern Wasatch Front. This mile long continuous cliff band hosts regional test pieces, iconic routes, and a diversity of climbing for all skill levels, abilities, and disciplines. For those new or unacquainted to this area, navigating can be a hurdle for accessing and enjoying objectives. This pocket guide offers a detailed, comprehensive overview of routes and logistics.

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