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East Face T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c PG13
Type: Trad, 1200 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Stihl and Purcell, 2015 (?)
Page Views: 105 total, 13/month
Shared By: Ryan Marsters on Apr 11, 2017
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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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

Description

From the small hill NE of Castle Dome and bounded on the north and east by Behunin, about 6,000 ft elev, continue south along an east-side ledge. Near the end, the ledge gets rather interesting with friction moves along a big drop. It's possible to belay off a big tree and sling small bushes for the friction traverse. I think a 30 m barely gets you to another tree one can belay off of. Continue south and angle up as the terrain eases onto the SE ramp. Scramble up the ramp to the summit hoodoo.

DESCENT: descend the ramp and try to aim a rappel back to the belay tree at the start of the ledge crux. We were able to descend with a single rope rap and avoid bush snag.

Location

Same approach as for Behunin Canyon. Start as for Angel's Landing (check the shuttle schedule) and head up Walter's Wiggles until the Scout Lookout. Take the turn North on the West Rim trail. After about 2.5 miles from the junction, reach the head of Behunin and descend, scrambling left as necessary to keep it casual.

The canyon will take a 90 deg turn east towards a dryfall. Leave the canyon here and scramble up dirt and red slabs south over a small hill. You should be NE of Castle Dome with Behunin dropping away parallel to your path on the east.

Protection

Sling some bushes, rap some trees

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