The Minotaur Rock Climbing
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The wall faces anywhere from southeast to northeast, depending on what side you climb on. This certainly gets a lot of summer sun, but on the short days of winter gets very little due to the shade cast by the Great White Throne at first, and then by Angel's Landing as the sun moves west.
There are two published routes on the wall, and certainly many others that we saw evidence of. All require aid as published. One route, The Megamahedral, goes free, although this is a serious undertaking. Due to the nature of the rock (soft), of the cracks (wide), and of the climbing (hard), any free climbing here should be considered "adventure climbing" or, as a pal put it, "old school trad." The topos for this feature are dubious in their accuracy. It's best to be solid at a full number grade above the reported grades here, as well as in most areas of Zion.
To descend from any route, reach the summit and rap via The MegaMahedral, which can be done with NOTHING LESS than two 60m ropes. If you want to reach the stations and ground with no scrambling and a little rope left, two 70m ropes are even better for the descent.
- Approach as for Angel's Landing, but continue walking north from the switchbacks to get to the tower.
- Start from the shuttle to the Big Bend stop, walking out on the point, down a trail, across the river (cold in the winter) and across way up to the trail to the Angel's Landing trail. From the switchbacks cut left near the wall to continue to the Minotaur.
The approach should take from 30 minutes to an hour.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Minotaur
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