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Mount Carmel Tunnel Rock Climbing 

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***** 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 >>>


Near the Mt. Carmel Tunnel, you will find The Headache, a stellar, 3-pitch 5.10 crack climb that receives sun until around noon. Two 60m ropes are needed for abseiling purposes.

Getting There 

Near the western end of Mt. Carmel Tunnel on Route 9. Park your car at a pullout at the last pullout before the tunnel. A short 10 minute hike leads to the bottom of the climb.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Carmel Tunnel

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Carmel Tunnel:
Ashtar Command   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Ataxia Tower
Hong Kong Phooey   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Kung Fu Theater
Remnants of a party   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches   Cragmont
The Gypsy's Curse   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches   Cragmont
Japanimation   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Kung Fu Theater
The Headache   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 380'   Headache Area
Boring Crack   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   Boring Crack
The Man Eater   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b A0+ PG13     Trad, Aid, 6 pitches   Man Eater Tower
Woods Route   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   Ataxia Tower
Enter The Dragon   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   Kung Fu Theater
Kung Fu Fighter   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Kung Fu Theater
Lap Dance   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Cragmont
Operation Condor   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Kung Fu Theater
Inner Chi   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Kung Fu Theater
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Ashtar Command 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  UT : Zion National Park : ... : Ataxia Tower
Ashtar is the located on the prominent tower on the west side of the Mount Carmel Highway Tunnel, across from the ranger kiosk.The first pitch will take everything on your rack: cams, nuts, hexes, and TCUs. It is mostly crack climbing for the first 75 ft then climbing on small ledges and crimps to first set of anchors. The second pitch is mostly bolted with some exposed, crimpy 5.9 climbing.The second pitch traverses right and a .5 is handy for the runout between the anchors and the f...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Jared R
Mar 1, 2010
This area is closed for falcon nesting as of March 1, 2010.
By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Apr 14, 2010
The closures do not effect Headache or Ashtar Command. I just climbed both and confirmed it.

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