North America, United States, Utah, Zion National Park, Great White Throne, New Route
Great White Throne, new route. In mid-November, my brother Jonathan Smoot and I climbed a moderate new seven-pitch route up the blank south face of the Great White Throne (III or IV 5.8 AO). Our route followed a unique series of narrow, diagonal rib-like ledges most of the way to the summit. The climbing was mostly clean and enjoyable, bolt-protected face and slab. It was mostly 5.4 with occasional 5.8 moves. Threatening clouds, our diminishing supply of bolts, and routefmding challenges kept the adventure level high. We rapped the route, finishing with not much light left. This route could become popular.