Gatekeeper Wall Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Line A is the Locksmith Dihedral Line B is the Gat...
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The Gatekeeper Wall
is the first formation lower than and east of The Watchman
. Although this wall is much lower than The Watchman
, it's much steeper. This mostly north-facing wall has good rock. The solitude makes this new area a great place to visit.
Start near the entrance of the Watchman campground. Take a left branching road. We started up the canyon where the NPS has their shuttle bus storage facility. Follow a pleasant drainage system for a while, to a short cliffband. Cut left along the steep hillside to a flat area above the cliffband. From here we traversed back to the right side of the drainage to begin a short, steep brushy section. Above here a grassy talus leads up and right to the base of the wall. Approach time is about 1 1/2 hours.
Climbing Season For the Zion National Park area.
Weather station 2.7 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Gatekeeper Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gatekeeper Wall:
Featured Route For Gatekeeper Wall
Locksmith Dihedral 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a UT
: Zion National Park
: Gatekeeper Wall
The Locksmith Dihedral follows the steep, tasty-looking corner up the middle of the buttress.The first pitch begins in a short chimney filled with a block. An off-size hand crack leads up to a V slot and to the start of the main corner.The 2nd pitch was one of the best finger cracks I've ever done. Continue up the dihedral to the top of a prominent tower, which was just 25' from the rim. Lots of loose rock was trundled from this top section as we rappelled off. If you want to go to the...[more] Browse More Classics in UT