Type: Trad, Aid, 900 ft, 9 pitches, Grade V
FA: Dave Jones & Gary Gray in 1983, FFA: Topher Donahue & Kennan Harvey, April 1995
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Shared By: bsmoot on Mar 12, 2008
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


This grade IV or V route features great rock in a spectacular setting. Climbs an ever widening crack to the top. The view looking down on the fang is fantastic. The free version is 5.12

P1 - Ascend a short approach pitch to a left facing corner.(5.6)
P2 - Ascend corner 5.10 to a narrow ledge.
P3 - Move belay right and up along a "thank God" type ledge.
P4 - Ascend thin splitters for 160' to a ledge (C2 or 5.12).
P5 - Jam a perfect hand crack (5.9) to a stance below a shallow chimney.
P6 - Climb the chimney for 40'. Traverse left to an improbable flake. Ascend this to a cool ledge (5.9) Amazing pitch.
P7 - Climb the 5.10 offwidth above to a belay below a deep chimney.
P8 - The slick bombay chimney above (5.9) ends at a hanging belay inside the chimney...Wow!
P9 - Climb the heads up squeeze chimney & offwidth to the top (5.9+)

Rap route...50m ropes will work.


This classic, striking crack system is located just left of, and behind the fang spire.


3 sets TCU's, 3-4 sets cams up to a #5 camalot. Many small to medium nuts. Bring some big cams too.
We made it to the top of 8. Did not send but thought the route was outstanding to there. Ran out of gas and time. Didn't need sixes till the 8th pitch chimney where it was comforting approaching the spaced pins. We found that small cams were nice on the c2 or 5.12 pitch. All the drilled angles were still bomber, most of the bolts are spinning. Bring tat, we were running low. In short, the route is classic, kudos to those who can free that piece, and dave jones is a boss. Jan 29, 2016
Neil Kauffman
Bishop, CA
Neil Kauffman   Bishop, CA
Lovely route! Shaded until afternoon. Maybe OK with 2-#4Camalots, 2-#5 Camalots was enough, 1-#6 left a lot of bumping on the last 2 pitches but doable with the supplemental drilled angles. It's helpful to leave most of the rack behind for the last 3 pitches, bring a #3 and all the 4, 5, & 6 Camalots. The 6 and a quickdraw is all u need for the last pitch. ❤️ Mar 12, 2017