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Jah Man 5.10c

Sister Superior, Castle Valley

  • Jah Man Sun ExposureRoute quality:
  • Jah Man First AscentKen Trout, Kirk Miller, 1984
  • Jah Man Pitch InfoNumber of pitches: 5
  • Jah Man Approach TimeApproach Time: 1-2 hours
  • Jah Man Climbing TimeClimbing Time: 3-5 hours
  • Jah Man Descent timeDescent Time: 20-30 min to base
  • Jah Man Sun ExposureSun exposure: Mid-morning to sunset
  • About the Climb

    When looking at the Sister Superior group from a distance, it doesn’t look too impressive, but once you get closer to the South Face, you’ll understand why you came all the way up there. Jah Man is an outstanding climb offering mostly finger and hand size cracks on fantastic rock, as well as a great chimney and face pitch. Jah Man is also a good practice climb before getting on Fine Jade (5.11a).

    Even though Jah Man can be crowded, it’s an absolute most-do classic for the 5.10 climber. The location is spectacular, every pitch is fun, the cruxes are short, and all the belays are comfortable. Protection is excellent for the most part, except for the chimney pitch (but you’re in so tight that it feels very secure). Finally, the tiny summit offers amazing views of Castle Valley.

    The approach to Jah Man is a little longer than the one for Castleton Tower, especially if you don't have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle. The climb also gets a lot of sun and can get very hot, making this a fine winter climb.

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    The GearLoopTopo

    Our GearLoopTopo for Jah Man contains all the detailed information you need for the climb, starting from the parking along Castle Valley road, just below Castleton Tower. Driving instruction on how to get to Castleton Tower from Moab are also included.

    Similar Climbs

    For something similar in grade to Jah Man, but with less traffic and a more sustained chimney, go climb Walden's Room (5.10c or 5.9 C1). If you liked Jah Man and want to push it up a notch, get on Fine Jade (5.11a), and you won't be disapointed. The climbing is very similar, just a little more sustained.

    If you're planning to go to Indian Creek, check out the various routes on the Bridger Jack Spires, which offer many cool summits and quality climbing in the 5.10 to 5.11 range (East Face Route, Learning to Crawl, Sparkling Touch, and Thunderbolts). Another great route with a similar grade is In Search Of Suds (5.11a) on Washer Woman in beautiful Canyonlands.

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