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vanman798Old Cable Route is Awesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2013

vanman798

The day before we encountered the "Old Cable Route" en route to the Chimney Sweep rock climbing route up the North Spur of Lady Mountain. Went back the next day and completed the Old Cable Route - very fun adventurous route. There are two short sections that some might want a hand line on when down climbing. 40 feet of rope will be plenty for a single line, or 80 feet if every member of your party needs the rope and you have to pull it from below. Highly recommend it. Route isn't published in Zion Park literature and is somewhat technical so you will likely see only one or two other parties unlike the crowds on the less technical Angels Landing.
Posted Nov 5, 2013 5:21 pm

Steve625Old Cable Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2010

Steve625

Great route, breathtaking views.
Posted Jan 15, 2012 11:10 am

SarahThompsonIncredibly fun & interesting, 2x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 29, 2008

SarahThompson

11/29/08 - Given the 5.7 rating of the two crux sections we were apprehensive about trying this one but decided to give it a shot. We're used to Colorado ratings and aren't serious rock climbers but in our opinion there was a short, unexposed low 5th class slabby section below the famous chimney that I wanted a spot on both going up and coming down. We roped up for the chimney because of the exposure, but it felt very easy: either 4th class or very low 5th. My partner found a good #2 cam placement there. The upper crux is not exposed and is very short but could be as hard as 5.7 or so. On the way down I rapped the top crux on 2 cams and a nut and then my partner downclimbed it. We both rapped the chimney using the convenient bolt. I had a blast on this highly unusual route.

4/10/12 - Repeat along with Mount Moroni. Led the chimney crux this time. Hot day.
Posted Dec 1, 2008 2:28 pm

bobeckSo many times...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2007

bobeck

But the last time was the best with Tanya and Joe and Joe's dad.
Posted Dec 18, 2007 3:32 pm

tanyaLady Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2007

tanya

This is one of the funnest hikes in Zion! The veiw from the top is spectacular!
Posted Nov 30, 2007 1:27 pm

asmrzVia old cable route
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2007

asmrz

Robert Somoano, Kathleen Edwards, Penelope and I hiked up the old cable trail October 31, 2007. What a wonderful hike. Why did the NPS chopped the cables is beyond me. Of the two technical sections, the first one you reach is 4th class and the second one is easy 5th class with couple of friction moves. The rest of the climb is at times a bit exposed 3rd class. We carried the 1984 Giude to the route which has so much info that the approach and the start of the route become difficult to find.

This is how we saw it in 2007: Take the shuttle or drive your own car (depending on the time of the year) to the Zion Lodge and the Emerald Pools parking lot. Cross the bridge and make a left turn on the trail. Hike up about 10 minutes or so, until you reach the "ROCKFALLS" interpretive sign. Walk another 100 feet or so, find a Juniper Tree at the edge of the trail, couple of arrows on the small boulders pointing upwards, and a cairn or two pointing to an indistinct trail going up. Follow the trail all the way to the base of the wall. The route starts at a large cactus plant and follows a red, yellow and pink arrows painted on the walls along the route. You cannot lose the route, just follow the painted signs. Recommended.
Posted Nov 3, 2007 1:33 pm

DonnieBLady Mtn. Orig. Rt.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2005

DonnieB

A classic and fun route with a big history and the labor put into "building" it is astounding. Did it several years ago and it still has it's unique and special charm! Think of the workers, labor/shoes/gear..drills,hemp ropes etc/wages/wondering if it "goes" and ya got a classic!

Second crux has some nice edges hidden in crack on L side many prob. miss. and makes it much easier

Would like to have seen NPS leave some loops on a few of the "leftover" anchor stubs by two cruxes to make it easier for those that need ropes and dont have pro at the two cruxes.

For stronger climbers partner assists and scrub oak trees do the job where needed and crux moves I feel are easy and straight forward fwiw. Recomended to send strongest up first and down first to assist but know your limits and be safe.

Tried to bag Jacob but didnt have enough gear and appears to be 510/11 w/ offwidth near top. Got to top of lower chimney w/ lousy pro on sketchy rock and bailed. So close yet so far...

Beautiful warm November day w/ good partner... what more could ya ask for??? uhhhh.... perhaps "Jacob"! :P
Posted Sep 11, 2006 9:14 pm

MoapaPkVia old cable route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2006

MoapaPk

Climbed with JA and MJ. There were only a few patches of snow. It rained heavily two nights before, and up high, there were a few places that looked like recent rockslides.

I don't really know much about ratings for class. The one short "class 5 section" is easy enough if you don't try to get through with a bloated pack. The lower altitude "class 4" chimney is really more exposed. We used webbing to haul packs, only in the "class 5" spot, and only after I did an imitation of a manatee trying to climb on a surfboard. I'm sure that poor bush on the side of the "crux" has seen more than its share of carabiners.

The paint marks are fading in most places -- some of the yellow marks look almost like lichen, except they are dry and in full sun. The best advice for route-finding might be: be ready to retrace your steps the moment you think you are off-route. There are always route markings, though perhaps hidden around a corner-- cut steps, old paint marks, cairns or faint ground-level paths through the brush.

Update: went back 4-16-11. Much more sand (dangerous) on the upper ramps. There is a stout cluster of bushes about 52' up from the very bottom of the "5.6" section, suitable for a rap anchor and more directly over the route.
Posted Apr 17, 2006 4:03 am

SawtoothSeanFollow the Signs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2006

SawtoothSean

Interesting scramble and climb on the old cable trail. Ascended a couloir with waist deep snow for 100 feet and very short sections of 5th class made for an interesting day. Lots of scratches and prickers.
Posted Mar 29, 2006 8:24 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: South Cliffs ("trail") Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Climbed with Donnie (below) after tagging Peak 6275 earlier in the day. This is an awesome route... it looks completely infeasible from the canyon floor, but yet most of it is a walk (!!!) up a remarkably engineered trail, with a few scrambling sections. Don't be scared off by the 5.7 rating given to this route in some places (e.g. http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-lady-mountain.htm)... it's much easier than this. The first "climbing section" is 4th class, and the second is no more than easy 5th. Both are easily climbed/downclimbed without ropes. I'm no 5.7 free-soloist, but I wouldn't hesitate to do this again, and I'd leave the rope behind.



Day 8 of my excellent southern NV/UT tour.
Posted Nov 28, 2005 9:55 pm

BranchWhitneyRoute Climbed: South Cliffs Date Climbed: 10-12-2005  Sucess!
Fun route. One of the better hikes in Zion.
Posted Oct 13, 2005 9:55 pm

cp0915Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2005

cp0915

Like Angels Landing on steroids.

-9/10/05: Fun time with Mark B.

-8/2006: Snagged Mount Moroni (solo) along the way. Continued up to Lady with a fun group.

-Fall/2008: With DB.

-3/2009: DB and I climbed the East Spur of Lady Mountain.
Posted Sep 12, 2005 10:28 am

breadboxRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: 5/2005  Sucess!

breadbox

A good-time warmup before heading to Upper Keyhole.

Thanks Ramoo!
Posted Aug 22, 2005 4:00 am

Dow WilliamsRoute Climbed: March, 2004 Date Climbed: Normal Route  Sucess!

Dow Williams



I took my daughter and 4 of her college age friends, my wife and her brother on this route. We started at the Emerald Pools parking lot and scrambled off trail within the first 10 minutes. This route used to be chained, but no longer is. We headed straight up into a large headwall at the base of this climb, then proceeded left onto a somewhat worn trail. There are several small cruxes, but only 2 significant ones. The first comes as a left facing small overhang. But once you get up in it, it is not overwhelming. I had to help this group individually up and back down it. We did not have a rope, but probably should have. There is some exposure here. Be careful. The next significant crux is a smooth piece of rock that is difficult to smear up. We formed a human chain here and it worked fine. I would hop up it solo with no worries. From there you will hit a little snow this time of year, but nothing that presents any major obstacles. This turned out to be a great group scramble. From the road, it looks like a much more impressive climb than it really is. Fun in the sun!!!!
Posted May 27, 2005 3:31 pm

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