Type: Trad, 450 ft, 4 pitches, Grade III
FA: Bird, Draper, French & Littman
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Shared By: e Dixon on Jun 12, 2011
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


P1 - Climb a handcrack up the right-hand side of a small tower to a bolted belay. (5.9 ~ 75')

P2 - Climb out the blocky roofs and into a steep, big-hands to fist splitter finishing at a hanging bolted belay. This is a great pitch. (5.11- ~ 100')

P3 - Climb the crack to below the roof. Traverse right into a pod, pull out of the pod and continue through a small roof to a bolted belay. (5.9+ ~ 100')

P4 - Climb out the steep offwidth on kinda gnarly rock, continue up cracks/face on rock that looses quality to the top of the formation. This is the only junky pitch on the route. (5.10 ~ 175')

Descent - Rappel the route with (2) 60m ropes.


The long corner that arches right into a roof. It is the most obvious feature in the area. Starts on the right-side of a small tower.


- Set of stoppers
- (2) Blue Alien - #4 Camalot
- (4) #3 Camalots
- (1) #5 Camalot
e Dixon
Durango, Colorado
e Dixon   Durango, Colorado
The first three pitches of this climb are super. The last one is kinda junky, the rock turns to consolidated brown sugar, but adds to the Zion flavor. I guess you could just rap off from atop P3 if you really don't want to do it. A good short day route. Jun 12, 2011
saint george area
javi   saint george area
P2 is stout and physical
bring a bunch of #3 maybee some 4&5 too(camalots) I used 6 #3 Aug 28, 2012
You can now rap from the top of pitch 3 with one rope, rappelling down Operation Condor. There are chains equipped for this to be a standard single rope rap route. Aug 30, 2014
Cha Tate
Saint George, UT
Cha Tate   Saint George, UT
Pitch 2 keeps coming at you. My pro for the pitch was 2 #5(one down low, one up high), 2#4, 1#3.5 (or two if you have them), and 3-4 #3. There is horizontal crack half way up that takes a .75 Sep 23, 2014
Boulder, CO
butlerbt   Boulder, CO
If I were to climb this again, I'd probably just take 1 rope and bail at the top of the 2nd pitch. The 2nd pitch is really what this route is all about! Oct 26, 2016