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Lessons From Desert Climbing

Lessons From Desert Climbing

The name alone should have given me pause: “For Desert Rats Only.” As I began to lead the first pitch, gingerly placing my first few pieces of gear, I marveled at how chossy and sandy the crack was, as well as how much it flared. As I ascended about 25 feet off the ground, the […]

Zion Rock Climbing Into the Modern Era

Zion Rock Climbing Into the Modern Era

Aid climbing: pulling oneself up via devices attached to fixed or placed protection to make upward progress, generally reserved for pitches where free climbing is difficult to impossible–Ed. When most people think of climbing in Zion National Park, their minds drift to thoughts of soft, crumbly rock or being scared to death on steep, exposed […]