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North America, United States, Utah, Zion National Park, New Routes

Zion National Park, New Routes. During the spring, I climbed two new big routes in Zion National Park. Brad Quinn, Bill Hatcher and I, aided by Calvin Herbert on the lower pitches, climbed a new route on Isaac, the center Patriarch in Zion, an 1800-foot wall. Except for 60 feet of A2 nailing, the climbing went all free at 5.10+, including off-widths and overhanging hand-cracks at a high grade (V, 5.10+, A2). We spent one night on the wall and another on top. Will Oxx and I climbed magnificent Birdbeak Spire, which protrudes from the east face of the Sentinel. The route was 900-feet-high and summits on the spire which is detached several hundred feet from the main wall (IV, 5.10, A2).

John Middendorf