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Routes in West of the River Cliff

If the Shoe Fits T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Left Book T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Ben Mottinger on Mar 25, 2003
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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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

Description

On the far right side of the cliff, find the obvious left-facing dihedral. The route is a little wide and/or flared so it requires some genuine groveling and thrutching. It wasn't all the pleasant, to tell you the truth.

At the top, climb a little higher on loose soil and rocks to a tree with slings. Belay here, bring up the second, then rap off. TRing this route (and the one to its left) is possible, but not recommended due to the rope running over the loose stuff and the cliff edge. (The only anchor for If the Shoe Fits is this same tree, BTW).

Protection

Mid to large cams up to #4 camalot. Some mid-sized offset cams would work well at the top when the crack becomes flared. 50m rope and some slings for the tree anchor.

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