|Type:||Trad, 6 pitches, 1000', Grade III|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]|
|FA:||Bryan Bird & Carl Oswald|
|Submitted By:||Mike on May 24, 2010|
|***** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** The sandstone in Zion is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN ZION during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. Seasonal Raptor Closures MORE INFO >>>|
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By S. O.
Dec 29, 2011
|I found this to be an enjoyable route that gets full winter sun and good belay ledges. This route does have some commitment as bailing after pitch two would be really bad. The whole route (except pitch 2) was good, and the route will get better as it cleans up with a few more ascents. A #6 camalot is only necessary in one spot, which was not too difficult nor too dangerous. It was used there (pitch 3), but if I were to do it again I would go without the added weight. Enjoy the route!|
By steve lindsay
Jan 3, 2012
|Great climbing for a fine winter day. The walk off is heinous. Trundle fest and I am still pulling cactus prickles from my legs.|
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Jan 6, 2012
Certaintly not a classic route by any means, but a fun, fast, easy multipitch climb that is great for winter. Soft for 5.10.
Pitch 1-best pitch of climb, fingers to #4 camalot. You will want at least 1 #4 camalot for this pitch, but two is better. Belay on huge ledge behind massive slung block, save #2-#3 camalot.
Pitch 2- choss, choss, choss. worst pitch of climb. After face climbing past a tree, choose your own adventure on 5.5 gully action up bad rock to brushy ledge and belay off your choice of trees/bushes.
pitch 3- walk/hike left to a fun corner offwidth where a #5 camalot is nice, but we noticed an easy traverse to the left will allow you to bypass this section altogether if you want, but it was one of the most fun sections of the climb, so bring the #5 or run it out. We belayed on the lower ledge after downclimbing 5 feet, using the rock itself as a toprope anchor of sorts
pitch 4-Climb thin hand crack to a roof, then mantle around the rightside and traverse out to a flake, then up fun patina(small gear) to another thin hand crack, ending on a sandy belay ledge up and left. another tree belay.
pitch 5- 2nd choose your own adventure pitch. take the path of least resistance to where the 4th class starts.No reason to make this 2 pitches. more tree belays.
Like steve said, its the standard zion walkoff. brush, loose dirt, cactus, 5th class downclimbing, down steep gully etc. 45 min back to your packs. some cairns mark the path
By Courtney Pace
Jun 14, 2013
|The pitch 3 OW is short, low angle, and not exposed so the big gear isnt necessary if you dont want to lug it. A couple #4 camalots came in handy for the end of the first pitch though. After pitch 4 just choose the path of least resistance til you feel comfy unroping. It gets progressively chossier right after pitch 4 so dont stress about being 'off route'. Walk-off isnt worst than other stuff in zion. Pretty standard steep and loose stuff like spence said.|