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Kung Fu Fighter 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 450', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Bird, Draper, French & Littman
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Submitted By: eDixon on Jun 12, 2011

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Mt. Spry from atop Kung Fu Fighter.

2016 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 >>>

Description 

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.

Location 

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.

Protection 

- Set of stoppers
- (2) Blue Alien - #4 Camalot
- (4) #3 Camalots
- (1) #5 Camalot


Photos of Kung Fu Fighter Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Somewhere on the 4th pitch, spring 2011
Somewhere on the 4th pitch, spring 2011
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe Stern on the 3rd pitch, spring 2011
Joe Stern on the 3rd pitch, spring 2011
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 3 Fun Roof
Pitch 3 Fun Roof
Rock Climbing Photo: The strenuous and amazing pitch 2!
The strenuous and amazing pitch 2!
Rock Climbing Photo: Overlays for Kung Fu Fighter, Pu Corner, and Opera...
BETA PHOTO: Overlays for Kung Fu Fighter, Pu Corner, and Opera...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kung Fu Fighter  Photo: Corey Gargano
Kung Fu Fighter Photo: Corey Gargano
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading up P2.  Photo: Nathan Scherneck
Heading up P2. Photo: Nathan Scherneck
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down P2.  Photo: Corey Gargano
Looking down P2. Photo: Corey Gargano
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at the offwidth beginning to P4.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up at the offwidth beginning to P4.
Rock Climbing Photo: The blocky roofs on P2.
The blocky roofs on P2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo.
BETA PHOTO: Topo.

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By eDixon
From: Durango, Colorado
Jun 12, 2011

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.
By javi
From: saint george area
Aug 28, 2012

P2 is stout and physical
bring a bunch of #3 maybee some 4&5 too(camalots) I used 6 #3
By Ethan Newman
Aug 30, 2014

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.
By Cha Tate
From: Saint George, UT
Sep 23, 2014

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
By butlerbt
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 26, 2016

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!