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
The crux is on the last pitch and is in the soft white rock, so it seems sketchier and harder i thought. The 4th pitch roof area is easier than it looks when climbing up to it and is way cool! We ran the first 2 pitches together then traversed to the start of the 4th from a corner belay. Its just all alright climbing that gets you to the "Money" 5th pitch! The 5th pitch needs more cams than the free book says or you will break it in half. To do the whole pitch you will need 4 or 5 #2 cams and about 6 #3 cams.
Find the obvious headwall splitter from the pullout, hike the river up current to where you think you can hike up to it, there is no defined trail. Then scramble up a short 25' or so and hike less than a minute to the start in a corner of 3 options, sandy area floor, the middle chimney is the one. Rappel 4 times with double ropes.
triples from silver tcu's to #3 cams
1 #4 cam
1 #5 cam
1 #6 cam
nuts, lowe balls optional
The book says there's a nut anchor at the top of p-6 but it is gone! Must replace or finish the 7th to rap down! I don't know why people take these things?