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Southwest Ridge 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 4000', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: 1933, Newell and Norman Crawford
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Submitted By: brucelacroix on Jan 5, 2016

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BETA PHOTO: Hike cross country to the notch.

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Description 

The crux is near the summit, A short 5.7 pitch with a few bolts.
Most of this route is a class 2 and 3 scramble with some class 4 and a short 5.7 pitch. Stay near the ridge.

6.5 miles round trip +/-
4,000' elevation gain +/-

Ratings range from 5.6 to 5.8 for this route.

Location 

Hike cross country to the notch between Mt. Kinesava and West Temple.

To get to the start, find the Chinle trailhead in Springdale. This th is located in the Anasazi Way subdivision. Zion N.P. has a right of way here. Please stay off posted land.

Protection 

Small rack and 50m rope for descent.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Scrambling along the SW Ridge.
Scrambling along the SW Ridge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Kinesava from SW Ridge.
Mt. Kinesava from SW Ridge.
Rock Climbing Photo: The final hike to the red cap summit.
BETA PHOTO: The final hike to the red cap summit.
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching the Technical pitch on West Temple.
BETA PHOTO: Approaching the Technical pitch on West Temple.

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By pooch
Apr 1, 2016
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

A full day of slogging up steep terrain, literal mountains of loose rock, and dizzying exposure on extremely narrow terrain is rewarded with incredible views. Totally worth it. Look around and you'll find some raps avail to bypass the cruxes on descent. Only used a 0.3 & 0.4 cam and a few slings on the only real pitch, but brought up to #1, a few med nuts and one strand of a 70m half rope (short pitch). The second of the three bolts encountered is jacked, partially pulled out & angled.

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