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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 >>>|
This is quite the intimidating lead. Come prepared with an arsenal of big cams. It is much longer and wider than it looks from the ground.
Start about 30 feet left of Rookie Crack. Scramble up some loose rock to the base of the crack. Hand and fist jam through the initial overhanging buldge to get established in the offwidth. The rest of the climb is relatively easy and hard to fall out of, but man it's a long way to those anchors. The crack is #4 Camalot for a ways (which might be fists for some people) and then it widens to #5's for the second half. 3 bolt anchor and rappel. You need two ropes to get down.
The attractive right facing corner just left of Rookie Crack, on the south face of the Great White Throne.
Some hand or fist sized stuff for the start and then as many #4's and #5's as you can get a hold of.
By Bryan G
May 3, 2010
After climbing Rookie Crack I traversed over (while still roped up) to hang a TR on Grasshopper. There is a scary looking block just up and right of Grasshopper's anchors. It's the size of a small refrigerator and it's hard to say how well wedged it is. Definitely use caution if you do that traverse.