Wall Street aka “Sport Trad”

Wall Street – Moab, UT.

Ilana leading Bad Moki Roof (5.9), Moab, UTWe couldn’t have timed this leg of our climbing road trip any worse. The weather was not being cooperative with our original plans to climb Jah Man on Sister Superior in Castle Valley. So rather than dealing with an exciting weather situation in a desert tower, an executive decision was made over eggs and bacon that we chase the good weather and climb a local Moab crag. We chose Wall Street, what Moab-ians refer to as “sport trad”. Wall Street is a street side crag with multiple single pitch trad routes.

Well fed, my climbing partner and I pulled up to the start of Wall Street and climbed any route that looked attractive. It wasn’t until it rained on our little climbing parade that we flipped through the guidebook for the names and grades of the routes we had climbed. It looks like we got on:

  • El Cracko Diablo (10a)
  • A Fistful of Potash (10a)
  • Another Roadside Distraction (10b)
  • Bad Moki Roof (9) – our guidebook says “its fun until the slightly over the roof into the sand” and I couldn’t put it any better.
  • Lucy in the Sky with Potash (10a)
  • Baby Blue (11a)
  • Static Cling (11a)

Wall Street Trad Climbing, Moab, UT

As the rain petered off, a beautiful rainbow appeared and the sun set. Our climbing day was over and we were off to meet up with our friend, Matt Moore – Canyoneering Guide and Owner, Desert Highlights. We devoured a pizza at Zaks in Moab and crashed for the night.

A special thanks to Donna Chase, who happened to be taking photos of us climbing at Wall Street unbeknownst to us, she took the photos for her family scrapbook and insisted she send them to us as well (she even offered to print and mail the photos). Usually when climbing in a team of two, it is somewhat difficult to capture the excitement of a climb in a photo. Thanks to Donna, we have a moment captured, that we would have otherwise not.

Location: Wall Street – Moab, UT

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Raised in the ocean lined landscape of Southern California, Ilana now calls the rocky mountains of Colorado home. Ilana is a mother to an adventurous daughter, an accomplished rock and ice climber, skier, snowboarder, mountain distance runner, avid adventurer, and a Registered Trauma Nurse. A recent, near fatal accident in May, 2018, has left Ilana with a new disability; bringing her biggest life challenge to head, adapting to continue her pursuit of long, hard days in the mountains and share it with the generations to come. Ilana is the founder of Thrillseekers Anonymous, a seasoned event speaker, and has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 118 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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