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North America, United States, Utah, Zion National Park, Thunderbird Wall, First Free Ascent

Thunderbird Wall, first free ascent. Michael Anderson and Rob Pizem made the first free ascent, with variations, of one of Zion’s biggest routes, the Thunderbird Wall (16 pitches, VI 5.13- R). Both climbers led or followed every pitch free over May 31-June 1. Anderson’s recent free climbing efforts in Zion have resulted in ten FFAs of grade IV or longer routes, most of them grade V or VI. See Anderson’s feature earlier in this Journal.