American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Utah, Zion National Park, Zion Canyon, The Sentinel, East Face, The Belly of the Buddha, Previously Unreported

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  • Publication Year: 2001

The Sentinel, East Face, The Belly of the Buddha, Previously Unreported. The Belly of the Buddha (V 5.10 A2+, 12 Pitches), first climbed in May, 1998, by Jersey Dave Littman and I, climbs the prominent red wall between the Streaked Wall and The Birdbeak Spire. The route begins with seven pitches of free climbing to the base of The Chillum Tower and headwall. The headwall consists of five pitches of steep, thin aid climbing in beautiful varnished cracks. Due to dehydration, the team was unable to summit, but we did climb to the top of the wall, where we bivied. We believe it to be very possible to summit The Sentinel proper from our high point. We rappelled the route.

Eric Draper, unaffiliated

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