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This tower is in Taylor Canyon, between Moses and Aphrodite. Zeus is a little more serious then Moses, but has good climbing, good rock, and is a good half day outing.

Getting There 

Walk up the trail past Moses to Zeus.

Climbing Season

For the Island In The Sky area.

Weather station 10.2 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Zeus

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Zeus:
Sisyphus   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Zeus in evening light.

Sisyphus 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Utah : Moab Area : ... : Zeus
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Rock Climbing Photo: Aphrodite, Zeus, Moses and the Thracian Mare in ev...
Aphrodite, Zeus, Moses and the Thracian Mare in ev...
Rock Climbing Photo: Zeus on the right with Moses in the background.   ...
Zeus on the right with Moses in the background. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Zeus from below Pale Fire
Zeus from below Pale Fire
Rock Climbing Photo: My old topo from 1988.
My old topo from 1988.
Rock Climbing Photo: Zeus (from the base of Primrose Dihedrals)
Zeus (from the base of Primrose Dihedrals)

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By Josh Janes
General Admin
Nov 19, 2008
Some thoughts on Zeus...

First, regarding the Northeast Ridge: I'm not sure what's more lame, chopping a route or drilling one up a completely blank face with no regard to natural features. Right now, all the bolts (except the anchors) have been chopped (not pulled) and it is an ugly mess. If anyone were to replace them (which they shouldn't), perhaps they could at least be moved a little to the left near the arete -- this feature might actually be free climbable.

Second, because the anchors are still intact, it is possible to rap Zeus with a single rope.

Finally, I think the rack recommendation for Sisyphus may be a bit excessive for free climbing. We brought the recommended rack and never used the 3.5 Camalot, or any doubles (let alone triples) of any of the cams except the 0.4 Camalot/Yellow Aliens. A single set from black Alien to #3 Camalot with extra yellow Aliens would be fine. Wires are nice for the pin scars, however.
By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From: Lander, WY
Nov 19, 2008
I've added a photo of the two first ascenitionists that is from the Museum of Moab. It was taken by Fran Barnes. The museum also has one of one of the two guys just about to summit. Its from afar and you can see the dust on the rock near the new bolts. I think we need to keep in mind that desert climbing required a different mindset then. There were no large cams to utilize when going up the crack, etc.

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