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Routes in The Riverside Walk Trail and The Zion Narrows

Freak Show T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13
Narrow Escape T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A3+
Stepping Stones V2 5+
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Type: Trad, 750 ft, 8 pitches, Grade IV
FA: Doug Heinrich
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Shared By: bheller on Nov 23, 2009
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

A future Classic?

Pitch 1: A silly bolted slab that ends at a sandy garden stance in bushes without any anchor or cracks to really build one.(feel free to add an anchor) 10/10+

Pitch 2: Lace up your bowling shoes! Its the Brunswick pitch. It starts in a crack/flake system and climbs about 25 feet before clipping the first bolt (easily seen from the belay). The route then traverses 8 feet left to another crack system, and up 15 feet to another bolt before traversing to the right again. (don't get lured up above this point before traversing back right-there is a single off route bolt next to the seam above you).
Continue up a corner to belay at the nice bolted station on the ledge. 85 feet-12b Cool pitch!

Pitch 3: Thrash up the sandbox wide crack in the corner with questionable gear- finishing up the unprotected steep patina slab- you break it you buy it. 40 feet-5.9 R. Trash pitch!

Pitch 4: Climb left from the belay behind the tree to the bolted start. Many bolts(kokamos)on this pitch. Very improbable climbing linking a variety of technical corner systems and crumbling holds to get one up into a bombay flare. From the flare, pull the incredible roof and climb above into the bolted ow/lieback section. Finish on the sustained,steep, and pumpy left facing corner with gear/bolts before reaching the sweet belay ledge. 105 ft-11c/d. An amazingly diverse and engaging pitch!

Pitch 5: From the sweet belay, traverse out right on bolts to the brown varnished arete. Expect v4 pulling around the corner right off the belay. Climb up a thin crack with mixed gear/bolts for 15 feet or so, and then traverse right again into another shallow left facing corner system. Follow the bolts up for about 40 feet of sustained 11+ climbing before gaining a crack again(gear) and continuing up to the bolted belay. About 9-10 bolts. 110 ft- 5.12. Unbelievable position climbing chocolate patina on this long, exposed arete!

Pitch 6- Start left up the wide crack that becomes a double crack system before becoming a crumbly and kinda scary left facing corner that leads to an alcove about 40-50 feet up. From here traverse left onto the face for some wild and exposed climbing with bolts that culminates with a cursable, awkward, sandy mantle onto the belay ledge.(note: a party before us created a rap station by slinging two widely spaced bolts here at the beginning of the left traverse) Once at the ledge, a single high bolt and a creative #3 camalot placement make an anchor in the crack on the left side of the ledge. (another bolt could be added to create a better station) 90 feet, 11c. An interesting, but not quite classic pitch.

Pitch 7: Assuming you belayed as mentioned above at the top of pitch 6, start pitch 7 in the crack at the right side left-facing corner of the belay ledge. It begins out a sandy and challenging little roof. Climb out the roof into a crumbling sandbox corner, trusting nothing. After about 30 feet you reach another great sloping ledge with a bolted rap/belay anchor on the right wall. Even though its short, Im going to suggest you belay here again, because of the ledge fall potential and wandering nature of the climbing above here. 30 ft, 5.10+ PG-13/R Another trash pitch.

Pitch 8: From the end of silly pitch 7, climb left and scrabble up some large boulders on the ledge to an overhanging buldge, leading to a patina face with bolts. Commit to the un-nerving face climbing with spaced out bolts on high-consequence (back slapping ledge fall) crumblin' herb edges. Place some gear at the top as the face climbing trends right. Pull above onto the slab, and wiggle up the ramp/chimney to a ledge at the base of the large summit tree! Your're there man! 120ft? 5.10 PG-13/R Another not quite classic pitch.


Drive to the parking area at the end of the Zion Canyon Scenic drive (Temple of Sinewava area). Walk up the river trail about 10 minutes. Look left across the river(west side) for a large, broken left facing corner system. There is a large poderosa pine at the very top of the route. If you reach the seeping spring\bridge on your right as you walk up river on the riverwalk trail, you've gone about 200 yards too far. Once you locate the route, wade across the river and locate the bolted slab that at its top takes you through bushes and dirt before arriving at the true base of the wall, and the start of pitch 2. This slab marks the start of the route. You can avoid this first pitch altogether by scrambling up the dirty slabs and bushes about 100 yrds down stream and carefully traversing over to the start of pitch 2. Rappel the route for your descent. You can rap with a single 70 from the top of pitch 5 (although you may need to sling a bush to rap the last slab of pitch one). If you climb all the way to the rim, you likely need two 60m ropes to rap, and the large pine at the top is slung to begin your decent.


1 each: purple and blue TCU, 2 each: .5-#2 camalots, 1 each: #3 and #4 camalot. 15 alpine draws.


bheller   SL UT
As is, this climb is worthy of 3.5 stars for pitches 2,4,and 5. I suggest rapping after the arete (pitch 5) and this can be done with a single 70m.(above may require 2 60m ropes to rappel) With a bolt kit and a little more engineering, this could become another classic route that only requires a 70m rope. On the rappel, you should place gear to keep yourself close to the overhanging sections of the wall, otherwise you could find yourself out in space. Great job to Doug for the FA!!!
Have fun on this one- you are sure to find yourself gawked at by the walker and gawkers below-Freak Show!!! Nov 23, 2009
bheller   SL UT
Someone climb this thing! You won't regret it! Aug 31, 2010
One of the best lines in Zion. It provides all types of climbing and is easy to protect!
Didn't find the route PG.
P1 slab move at second last bolt. Then slab move to natural anchor.
P2 a little sandy, awesome climbing to ledge belay. Sweet traverse moves!
P3 short corner super easy, no hands stances the entire way to top.
P4 bolts to crack through roof, everything looks more difficult than it climbs.
P5 Sick exposure, great holds and so fun, again no hands stems up the whole way!
P6 standard Zion variety pitch with crack and face.
P7 standard Zion top out pitch.
Overall: super fun well protected and worth doing multiple times! Mar 26, 2015

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