Type: Trad, 1300 ft (394 m), 10 pitches, Grade IV
FA: Dave Jones & Conrad Anker, May 1992
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Shared By: bsmoot on Mar 4, 2008
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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


Starts in a 7" crack & follows various sizes of cracks, face & chimney climbing to the top in 10 pitches. There is a good ledge (bivy) at mid height. This is an outstanding route, with some sporty face climbing. Topo available at visitors center.

Probably the best route on The Watchman.

Descent: Hike off or rap route with two ropes.


Starts at the left third of the West face of The Watchman, in the 2nd major crack system left of a prominent, left-facing corner. See
The Vigil, photo - Dave Jones .


  • One set of R.P's & nuts to 1"
  • Three to four sets of cams to #5 camalot
  • Two extra #3 & #4 friends
  • Optional #6 camalot