Type: Sport, 140 ft
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Shared By: Jason Nelson on Mar 2, 2003 with updates from karl vochatzer
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Access Issue: Road Work in Kolob Canyon Details
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures ***** 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 Details


If you've seen images of this, you need to hike in and climb it. It is one of the coolest desert sport routes I've done. Most of the holds are big and none of the moves are hard, but by the end, you're getting pumped. I think there might be a kneebar somewhere around mid-height to shake out.

Getting down from Huecos Rancheros and Namaste is a little tricky if you are leading and cleaning since you need two ropes and the routes are very steep.


15 bolts, plus a two-bolt anchor with chains and quick links


Namaste is the bolted line fifth-from-the-left. Look for the narrow band of huecos following a thin black streak in the steepest part of the wall.
George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
This route does look very cool although I've only done the route on the left (does this route have a name, anyone know?). One interesting fact is that you can't establish routes on this wall from above, it's smooth and overhanging. All these routes have been established by hanging off hooks to put the bolts in. Mar 3, 2003
Steamboat Springs, CO
Teleman   Steamboat Springs, CO
I onsighted this climb 11/03, and even though I think it is a spectacular sport route, and would like to accept the 12a rating, I just did't think it matached up with other 12's in the area (Zion or St. George). If you have good endurance and can hold on to 10b holds for 150 feet it is all yours.

P.S. the first bolted route to the left (10a/b)is a great warm up for either Hueco's or Namaste. Apr 18, 2004
Bill Bones  
You can climb this route with one 70M rope. May 20, 2007
Springdale / Zion UT / Moab
Gaar   Springdale / Zion UT / Moab
Again as "HR" this would be a 11+ (c/d) and NO MORE, if it were anywhere on the east. Still one of the best sport climbs in the country!!!!!! ....Get on it, there is a sit down no hands rest about 9-10 bolts in, after the ladder section..

Also you can TR it with a 70m rope with about 2-3 feet on either end May 25, 2007
Farmington, utah
KipHenrie   Farmington, utah
make sure you get on the right route. namaste is the third from the left not the center one.

it goes from left to right. 10+, 12c, 12a, and a project. these climbs are other worldly, i feel very lucky to be in their presence. Nov 19, 2007
susan peplow
Joshua Tree
susan peplow   Joshua Tree
Gaar, you're nuts. As most the moves are straight forward there are several reachy ones that take strength, reach and technique to pull off without hangin'. Pump factor is a legal element to bump the rating to .12. Furthermore, I highly doubt the .10+ leader could do this route clean. (myself included)

This route like it's easier neighbor 1/2 route is fantastic and worth doing over and over again.

Shady, quiet and perfect temps late June '09 (and not a single mosquito) Jun 26, 2009
Super fun, we both figured 11d. Lots of good rests, plus a no-hands to get it all back. Dec 27, 2009
skinny legs and all
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
skinny legs and all   Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Try greeting the next single Indian girl you meet with the phrase "Namaste", and it may earn you you a few bonus points! Mar 21, 2010
12a ...11d...no matter. What's important: Namaste is THE line to do!!
did the route on 4/3/2010... still lots of snow on the approach in the canyon, but very nice.
one of the very best sportclimbs I ever did. Apr 9, 2010
Thanks Conrad! These lines are truly special climbs, above the realm of grades... There are 4 complete bolt lines plus the unfinished route on the right. I hope to see further development of other lines on this wall, room for several others! May 25, 2011
Spencer Weiler
Salt Lake city
Spencer Weiler   Salt Lake city
My new favorite sport route. Jugs, jugs,jugs. Some of the most beautiful climbing anywhere. The whole experience up there is 2nd to none. Would love to chalk this one up as 12a but its not. Soft. Super straight forward and 2 no hands rests make it an easy 12a tick. Magnifico! Oct 3, 2011
Mark Lewis
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mark Lewis   Salt Lake City, Utah
I'm confused some on the length of the climb. If it's 140 feet that means it's 43m. One would need an 86 meter rope to do it with a single. Some of you said you did it on a 70m line, that's a difference of 16m or 53 feet. Even with extensive rope stretch a 70m line won't stretch 16 meters. What am I missing? What is the actual length of the climb?

If a 70 meter line works that would mean the climb is no higher than 115 feet, not 140 feet. Jan 22, 2013
J tot
Tempe, AZ
J tot   Tempe, AZ

I haven't been out to this area, but have been looking at it... a lot. If they climb 140 feet but can still lower to the ground with a 70m (230') rope. That means the climber is only 90' off that ground at the anchors and 110' away from the base of the climb when they start. Which would make this climb ~50 degrees overhung.

I sincerely hope so! Jan 23, 2013
dave blackburn
las vegas
dave blackburn   las vegas
I climbed this with a 70m last fall as well as the 10 and 11's. May 23, 2013
Pat Mac
Salt Lake City
Pat Mac   Salt Lake City
70m works. At the very worst the belayer can climb up to the first bolt. May 29, 2013
Omar Little  
What is the sun/shade like on the routes here in the summer? I'll be in Zion in early July and am hoping to take a day to check out Namaste and HR.

Thanks! Jun 1, 2013
Landon McBrayer
Salt Lake City, UT
Landon McBrayer   Salt Lake City, UT
We used a 70m and had plenty to spare after lowering. Oct 16, 2013
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J _  
These routes do not get any sun. Even in the summer. It'll be cold for sure in December. If there is not a lot of snow it'll still be accessible, just bring hand warmers and a hot beverage. Nov 14, 2013
benjaminleaton Eaton   Sandy, UT
I'm curious to know how many of us have accidentally climbed Dost Mitra instead of Namaste. Maybe that is why everyone thinks that Namaste should be down-graded. Dost Mitra is a 5.11 and it is between Huecos Rancheros and Namaste, the third route from the left. Nov 29, 2013
Westminster, CO
jarthur   Westminster, CO
I don't understand why anyone would try to downrate a classic line like this. When we did this route a few years ago the LAST thing on our mind was the grade. If you want to spend the time downgrading routes head down to St George and downgrade every single line on the Chuckwalla until you're blue in the face. I want to feel honest about the routes I've done just as much as the next person, but no one is getting paid to send this thing so enjoy the experience and forget about whether, or not it's 11c or 12a. This route would be classic no matter where it existed in the country. Dec 20, 2013
Jarthur, it seems no one is debating how good it is, just the grade, and the importance of it is this: As a classic route that stands out, it will be climbed by a lot of different people, thereby becoming a benchmark for the grade by default. More and more climbers may very well say, "Namaste is 12a, and this is other route is harder, so ..." and that is how grades continue to inflate. Let's enjoy quality routes, for sure, but also be honest about our opinions on difficulty. I haven't touched the climb, so I don't get the slightest vote in this case, but every one who does gets a vote, and I encourage all of us to be honest so that there may be a true consensus and benchmark for aspiring 5.12 climbers to measure themselves against. Feb 12, 2014
Just got back from climbing Namaste. It is NOT 140'. My 70m rope worked; same for the group before me. It may be slightly over 115' because the wildly overhanging wall forms the hypotenuse, whereas you lower straight down, probably 35 or 40' from the start (and slightly higher). I cleaned it while lowering, but then climbed back up to the 3rd bolt before cutting loose - and still hit a few thin trees. 11d, or one of the easiest 12a's I've ever done. Got more pumped on Dost Mitra. Mar 29, 2014
Leify Guy
Leify Guy  
I would definitely feel comfortable calling this route 12a, also definitely an awesome route! also one of the best and safest routes to take a "victory whipper" on... here's a video of some of our falls on these awesome, long, over hung routes.

youtu.be/hokqvyeqhmg May 4, 2014
Rob Warden...Space Lizard
Between Zion, Vegas, LA, an…
Rob Warden...Space Lizard   Between Zion, Vegas, LA, an…
the video from that last post made my eyes bleed from all the bro in it Nov 23, 2014
Jake Croft
Tucson, Az
Jake Croft   Tucson, Az
If I remember correctly these routes are on the right, not the left side as walking down the canyon in the description (although it was awhile ago i was there). Its' super obvious when you get there anyways, I just remember being a little surprised when it appeared on the wrong side. Amazing and unique route, a must do! see how many creative rests you can get as you start to get pumped Mar 30, 2015
santa clara, utah
jeffozozo   santa clara, utah
Breathtaking. In my opinion, this climb is more about mental stamina than physical stamina. There are plenty of places to rest, but when you are sitting in "the pod," 80 feet off the deck and you still have 10 more clips to go, and you can't see the chains, you really find out where your head is. Apr 25, 2015
Steven Lucarelli
Moab, UT
Steven Lucarelli   Moab, UT
What an outstanding route but 12a...? If you can climb an overhanging ladder then you can climb this route. Most 11a's in Rifle are harder than this. Oct 14, 2015
Mr. Stevens
Boulder, CO
Mr. Stevens   Boulder, CO
Yea, and in the Gunks it'd be 5.6...maybe 5.6+ Oct 17, 2015
Holy crap - that's scary. Thanks for the update, David! May 17, 2016
An incredible route. Almost no beta hunting needed, get past the first few bolts then power your way to the top. There are some generously sized huecoes to rest in and the rest is a jug haul. Epic. Jun 29, 2016
James Buehler
Park City, UT
James Buehler   Park City, UT
Jordan Perlmutter  
As of 3/20/2017 the third bolt and the lowering anchors seem to have been fully replaced and look bomber. Go get it, y'all! Mar 27, 2017
Denver Colorad
ANGUS WIESSNER   Denver Colorad
going to be in Zion June 23 and 25th and am searching for a partner for these routes if interested give a call at 720 280 0633 names Angus Thanks. Jun 13, 2017
Z Winters
Mazama, WA
Z Winters   Mazama, WA
Really enjoyed this beautiful route, dispite taking a nice winger after a jug exploded in my hand around the 3rd bolt. Re-climbed the route and that hold certainly wasn't necessary in the sea of jugs. Dec 2, 2017
Amanda Ramsay
Brisbane, AU
Amanda Ramsay   Brisbane, AU
Anyone want to climb here in the next few days? I'm available 9th-12 May. beingmanda@hotmail.com May 8, 2018
Michael Schneiter
Glenwood Springs, CO
Michael Schneiter   Glenwood Springs, CO
Kolob is closed for road work. When I drove by the other day it was indeed, very closed. mountainproject.com/forum/t… May 8, 2018
Brennan Vandyke
Carson City, NV
Brennan Vandyke   Carson City, NV
Climbable early january? Dec 22, 2018 · Temporary Report