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Little Cottonwood Canyon Boulders in Danger of Demolition

Gnarly Nutrition’s new film, “Home Crag,” profiles the embattled canyon, which plays a centering role for the Salt Lake climbing community.

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In collaboration with Olympic Silver Medalist Nathaniel Coleman and the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, Gnarly Nutrition has released “Home Crag”—a short film about the importance of Little Cottonwood Canyon to the Utah Climbing community.

On June 21, 2021, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) decided to consider two $500 million infrastructure projects aimed to reduce ski traffic in the canyon. One proposal is to build the world’s longest gondola; the other is to widen the road for bus-only shoulder lanes. Regardless of which proposal UDOT ultimately delivers to the legislature, hundreds of iconic boulder problems are likely to be demolished.

The widened road would blast through Wrist Rocket, an ultra-classic V9 that Coleman makes look like V3 in the film. The Gondola, meanwhile, would run directly over (and possibly destroy) problems like Bully, V11, which is widely considered one of the best of the grade in the state, and jeopardize numerous parking areas.

For more information about UDOTs proposals, read our in-depth writeup here. For more information about the making of the film and how you can make your voice heard, visit Gnarly Nutrition and the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance.