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Zion-Hardest and/or highest quality Aid routes


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Ryan Kempf · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 230

I"m interested in hearing your opinions on what is the hardest most sustained aid route in the canyon. If you want to weigh in on what you think the "best" aid route is, that outa make this a little more fun. Planning on heading that way soon with a partner that physically can NOT crack climb. Streaked Wall was the 1st thing that came to mind. You? Go!

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Ryan Kempf wrote:

I"m interested in hearing your opinions on what is the hardest most sustained aid route in the canyon. If you want to weigh in on what you think the "best" aid route is, that outa make this a little more fun. Planning on heading that way soon with a partner that physically can NOT crack climb. Streaked Wall was the 1st thing that came to mind. You? Go!

You might consider changing the title of the thread to indicate you're talking about Zion.

Greg Gavin · · SLC, UT · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 713

Forbidden Corner

Rob Warden...Space Lizard · · Between Zion, Vegas, LA, an… · Joined Dec 2011 · Points: 115

Why not repeat Lord helmet?

Red awakening is another route begging for a repeat. 

Lots of angels landings routes in the A4 range. So good A3+ too. 

Kauait · · Sandy Utah · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 0

Hey Ryan. Lots of great /scary climbing in zion.

 I gotta ask, what's the hardest/highest quality line you've done in zion and maybe I could help you find the line your looking for. 

Aloha

Ryan Kempf · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 230

@Kauait I learned how to climb walls in Zion. We went through the prerequisite path. Moonlight, Spaceshot, Touchstone ect. The last and hardest wall we climbed in Zion was Desert Shield. I led both of the head wall pitches, and I though it all felt pretty casual. After climbing the https://www.mountainproject.com/v/the-forrestbriggs-indirect--the-mugacki-variation/107846510 (those boys like sandbagging their routes... 5.3? A2-?) I had a whole pitch of nailing beaks and specters into mud (all body weight). So now I'm looking for something more challenging/exiting. Rodeo Queen has always been a dream and I think Tale of the Scorpion is the next logical step in that direction? 

Kauait · · Sandy Utah · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 0

Nice Ryan, run with that stoke.

The Streaked wall is a beast! 

Jumping from the trades to the Tale is a big jump, but doable. (If your that hungry!) It can fill your bucket for a while. I would suggest The Tale before Rodeo. 

Closer by the road is alot of gems that you can hoan your skills in on. Like swoop gimp to idiodesy, cosmic trauma, the fang,  g- money, ancient gallery, and the list goes on-

Adding to the list:

Highest quality - Dark side of the moon. (But no where near the hardest .)

Hardest - not sure. Lots of hard pitches in Zion! (That I wouldn't touch! :)

Aloha

Drew Spaulding · · Boulder, CO · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 3,373

Climb "Back Where It All Begins"!! Arguably the longest route in Zion! 16 pitches over 2400 feet

Ryan Kempf · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 230

Thank you to the folks that decided to chime in. I appreciate your input. I've looked at the routes mentioned, bookmarked a few, and prepping for Tales. 

Cheers, 

RK

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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