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North America, United States, Utah, Angel's Landing, Zion National Park

Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park. Two new routes were put up on the north face of Angel’s Landing. The Swiss-American Route, done in October by Xaver Bongard and me, climbs the major crack line to the left of the Lowe route and ascends directly to the summit. We drilled no holes on pitches (14 holes for belays only). This is a very clean route with several very serious leads. (VI, 5.10, A4.) Barry Ward and I climbed Days of No Future on the far right side of the north face, ascending an overhanging, loose and soft natural crack system. We used no bolts on pitches (10 holes for belays only; VI, 5.9, A3+.) Elsewere in Zion, Conrad Anker and I climbed a new pitch at the base of the Watchman (5.9 + ) and did the first link-up of two Zion walls in a day: Touchstone Wall and the Northeast Buttress of Angel’s Landing.

John Middendorf