The Fins, 3.5 hours north of Salt Lake City, 6 hours northwest of Lander, WY. 45 sport climbs, .11a to hard .14, with most routes occupying the .12-.13 spectrum. Rural Idaho. Closest town is Howe (no gas station) and closest major city is Pocatello. You view a 100 mile radius of farmland, plains, mountains, and faraway thunderstorms from belays at the Head Wall. The gravel road to the CRAGs and desirable camping is brutally steep, rutted, loose gravel. Ingrid’s 4 cylinder stalled a couple hundred feet into the final 1.5 miles of our ascent up-canyon… Forcing a reverse-gear-retreat down-canyon at 1 A.M. and type-2-fun hike to the CRAGs the following afternoon. After which, the benevolent Jonathan Siegrist politely greeted us, explained there was an alternate (read: shorter, less shitty) approach trail, and offerred beta for any of the area’s pitches.
Below, Will approaches Discovery Wall and its rope-stretching 42 meters of limestone glory.