Navajo Knobs-- Route Diagram for the Highest Knob
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Seen from the summit of the trail-accessible Navajo Knob.
The climbing sections are short and are Class 4, and most of the cimbing is in cracks and gullies.
The broken sections represent where the exact route is not visible.
1. Here, I struggled up this small outcrop, relying on friction. It may even have been Class 5 there, and when I think about it, it probably was. However, I stupidly did not inspect the outcrop fully, for up top, I found I could have walked around it on the right to get to the same place I had to scramble down to after climbing the outcrop.
2. What you can't see here are the trickiest parts of the climb. First, there is a descent on very loose slabs; the blocks actually started sliding under my feet as I was on them, starting me on a free ride to a gully bottom and then a drop. Then there is a traverse with some exposure, followed by a Class 4 crack up to the summit area.
Navajo Knobs; Capitol Reef National Park, Utah-- October 2009