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By Andy Novak
From Golden, Co
Mar 6, 2012
Living the High Life.

Well Hello.

I am looking to do some longish days in Zion later this month. We are looking for routes in the 3rd class to 5.8 range, preferably with some nice position, exposure, and that maybe end at a summit? A kinda "desert alpine" experience. I know there are some cool scrambles in and around the Park; just looking for any beta.

AND, any cragging suggestions in the 5.8 - 5.10- range you would recommend? We will be in the area for a week. Since Mosquito Cove is now closed, any free camping to be had? We can keep a secret. PM if necessary.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers!
Andy


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By Ryan Hill
From Oakland, CA
Mar 6, 2012

Cowboy Ridge is a fantastic, if long day. Mostly 4th and low 5th class, a couple bits of 5.7 and definitely some 5.8 or harder if you get off route. Beautiful summit as well. The descent is tricky and there is probably snow on the top, which will make it trickier. Definitely get some beta before heading up there. We had a late start and ended up spending the night rather than searching snow covered ledges for the "trail" down.

As for free camping, check out the mesa south of Rockville. Enjoy yourself.

Edit: Led By Sheep is also a fun route, not really an alpine adventure though.


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By Dobson
From Butte, MT
Mar 6, 2012

Led by Sheep on Ares Butte is a good one. Enjoyable runouts with a great view.


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By bsmoot
Mar 6, 2012
Me in the 70's

Lady Mountain
Mountain of the Sun
Bridge Mountain


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