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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
Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Ben Mottinger on Mar 25, 2003
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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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

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A clean crack that requires either fat fingers or small hands. This route is immediately left of the dihedral on the right end of the cliff. A splitter crack up the cliff with the crux (for me at least) coming in the first 10 feet where the crack is off hands, but too big for fingers.

Watch out on the exit to the cliff top as there is no pro and the rock is sandy and a little loose. TR and belay from the big tree to the right.

The route is enjoyable and definitely worth doing.

Protection

The crack varies from fat fingers to hands so bring pro accordingly. 50m rope and slings for the tree anchor (up and right of the top of the route).

A good rack for me was 0.5 - 2.5 friends with maybe a couple extra 2-2.5. Some stoppers could be placed also.

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