On June 25, 2021, the Utah Department of Transportation
(UDOT) released two transportation proposals to address winter traffic
congestion in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC).
One would construct the world’s longest gondola to carry riders to the top of the canyon and the other would widen the road by adding bus-only shoulder
lanes. The gondola and buses would service only ski resorts at the top
of the canyon and would not stop at climbing areas.
Little Cottonwood’s climbing dates as far back as 1961, when Ted Wilson and Bob Stout established the first documented route at The Gate Buttress. Both
of UDOT’s proposals threaten iconic roadside bouldering resources and
will impact the overall climbing experience in LCC – a canyon that has
and continues to forge the character of Salt Lake City’s climbing community.
Gnarly Nutrition’s “Home Crag,” filmed and edited by Headlamp Studios,
features rock climber and Olympic medalist Nathaniel Coleman, Salt Lake
Climber Alliance’s executive Director Julia Geisler and USA Climbing’s
CEO Marc Norman.
“Home Crag” illuminates the three unified perspectives on why the rock climbing in LCC deserves protection, and illustrates why the canyon is like none other.