The following cliffs will be closed to climbing beginning March 1, 2012: Angels Landing, Cable Mountain, The Great White Throne (beyond single- and double-pitched climbs), Isaac (in Court of the Patriarchs), The Sentinel, Mountain of the Sun, North Twin Brother, Tunnel Wall, The East Temple, Mount Spry, The Streaked Wall, Mount Kinesava, and the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek. All other cliffs will remain open to climbing.
The Sanctuary is a very remote technical peak in a rarely visited area of Zion. The climbing is on soft white rock slabs with poor gear at times.
The Sanctuary is located in the Phantom Valley off of the West Rim Trail in the Zion deep back country. This peak is about 12 miles in from Lava Point. The approach is largely off trail with possible technical sections.
Rat Salad climbs directly up the East prow of the Sanctuary on soft white rock slabs. Some simu-climbing was done, some marginal belays and bushes were used. The Crux is at the pin (was a solid placement at the time of the f.a.). Cross the summit plateau and scramble up the final summit block....[more]Browse More Classics in UT