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Freezer Burn IV 5.10 C2 (a.k.a. Free or Burn 5.11+) 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 6 pitches, 800', Grade IV
Original:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: FA: Stacey Allison, Dave Jones FFA: Mugs Stump, Lynn Wheeler, 2/91
Season: cooler temps, faces south
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Submitted By: Jay 1975 on Apr 13, 2010

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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 MORE INFO >>>


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?

Photos of Freezer Burn IV 5.10 C2 (a.k.a. Free or Burn 5.11+) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Money pitch! 5
Money pitch! 5
Rock Climbing Photo: p-4
Rock Climbing Photo: 6th pitch
6th pitch
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Rock Climbing Photo: start

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By roxclamantis
Dec 16, 2010

FA information is wrong.

FA was by myself and Stacey Allison (yes, the first American woman to summit Everest), not Mark Austin, her ex.
By Jay 1975
From: Bonedale,CO
Mar 8, 2011

i got it from the "free climbs" book, and we all know how that turned out.
By roxclamantis
May 23, 2011

On a historical note....

I put this route up with no bolts and no pins, not even in the pack. Both the steep crux pitch, and the upper headwall pitch were 'problematic' without pins, small cams, and/or bolts.

No fixed anchors were put on the route.

To my knowledge, as far as long routes go, this route and Cowboy Bob's were the first and only routes to be so established on FA's without pins or bolts.

Mugs Stumps came and retrobolted the route, then claiming it had been 'freed'. Duh...with preplaced bolts the route could have easily been freed on the first ascent, but the point was to do it without changing the nature of the route.

Unfortunately, the ethic of minimal impact on First Ascent has nearly vanished. Too bad. This has been 'validated' in part by the new 'free and clean' guide which, though a good and substantial effort, doesn't distinguish between way over-bolted routes (e.g. Prodigal Son) versus truly 'free and clean' routes such as Cowboy Bob's and the original 'Freezer Burn'. There is a huge difference. What a tragedy it, and the former ethic, are lost on most of today's climbers.

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