Type: Trad, 800 ft, 7 pitches, Grade III
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Shared By: Danger-Russ Gordon on Mar 26, 2017
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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 seems to be the only established route on the mesa, but there was old webbing all over so I am sure its been done many ways. It was bolted most of the time, but a few extended sections had good cracks for protection. All the anchors were great bolts/chains.

It can be a little tricky to find the base of (or at least it was for me) take a good look at the pictures, and from what I remember the first bolt is 10-12 feet up. Its 7 pitches total, with the first 4 being in my opinion the best. The last 2 were a bit more choosy/sandy, and the only reason I think it might deserve a PG-13 rating. The last pitches took a little more route finding / bolt finding as well. For most parties I would recommend stopping at the top of the 4th pitch on an amazing terrace with excellent views and nice trees.

With any of the Zion mesa's, watch out for sand and loose hardware. I'm sure this thing takes at least an extra day or two to try after rain as well so keep that in mind.

There was just one kind of tricky move, on the 3rd pitch i think, that I had to use some sandy knobs to get over a bulge that was well protected by a bolt. some day those will be gone and I don't how hard this will be at that point. I would highly recommend helmets if you want to top out, the last two pitches are adventurous for sure, but the 360 view from the top is amazing.


2 60M ropes, 10-12 draws, and a small rack of cams. I cant remember exactly what I used, but if I went again I would take BD sizes, 1 .5, 2 .75's, 2 1's, and 2 2's. But i suspect most parties would find that to be over kill.


Dwayne Campogan
Seattle, Washington
Dwayne Campogan   Seattle, Washington
First 4 pitches I give 3 stars and pretty fun. The last 2 pitches 2 stars. The last pitch encountered loose rock. Rappel off the summit was on natural anchors. We hiked up to the summit. Nice views, but not as nice as the views you get by cliimbing "Led By Sheep" because there are some big trees up there. Dec 10, 2017
Joe Lynch
Bradenton, Florida
Joe Lynch   Bradenton, Florida
Climbed this Aug '93 with Kyle Martin and Bob Fuziak. Way before the fixed gear. Standard rack to 2" extra slings. Lower pitches were clean before the big ledge. Upper pitches were chossy and sandy. Ran out of water and power bars half way up. Topped out just before sunset. Rapped off some bushes and a couple jug handles with double 60m. Made it back to the car before dark. Hit Blondie's diner for dinner. Best meatloaf and mashed potatoes we ever had. May 22, 2018
Danger-Russ Gordon
Orem UT
Danger-Russ Gordon   Orem UT
When this route was originally bolted it was named "Behind Government Lines" as the national parks were closed at the time. But seeing as how this mesa had likely been climbed many times before that, it seemed more appropriate to let the original name of Crazy Quilt remain. If I get back down there for any extended period of time I'll add a few more bolts to the top 2 pitches to make it a little more friendly (feel free to do it yourself if you feel your qualified). Sep 15, 2018
Climbed this on 2018-11-24, ran into some issues. Here's some advice for others:

P1-4 are pretty good. Definitely no harder than 5.5 - noticeably easier than Led By Sheep. Follow the same large crack straight up from the base to a large ledge with a tree just above the P4 anchors.

WARNING: The sandstone around the anchors at the top of P3 has eroded around 2 inches. We backed up this anchor with a piece in the crack when belaying, and were very cautious when rappelling off of these. These are definitely going to fail soon, so if anyone in the area can rebolt, I would strongly consider doing so.

For P5-6, head up and slightly right towards the next large tree - both anchors follow this line from the top of P4. This was not at all obvious, and I found myself substantially off route on P6, ended up at that tree before realizing the anchors were 30' below me. The route does go to this tree ledge on P7, so I should have belayed from there, but I wasn't sure, so I had a sketchy downclimb to the anchors.

The rock quality on P5-6 is much worse. Edges and holds were constantly breaking, and I only found a single placement on all of P5 that might have actually held a fall. Luckily, this pitch was technically the easiest (5.3?), although the rock quality made it sketchy.

P7 is a scramble through loose surface rock. The only protection is slinging small bushes, so be careful. The established rappel tree from the top is long dead, so assess it carefully. You may want to bring gear to set up an alternate rappel from something more trustworthy.

I would recommend P1-4 if the eroded anchors get replaced. Otherwise probably best just to do the first two pitches, or avoid completely and just do Led By Sheep. I'd only continue past P4 if you are comfortable with 50' runouts on easy-but-terrible-rock and no-fall situations. Nov 4, 2018