Looking for info on moderate (5.6-5.9), multi-pitch routes in Escalante/Grand Staircase National Monument. So far, Broken Bow Arch is the only thing I've been able to find that seems worth doing. Looking to spend a week or more in the area some time in late April/early May. Other goals of the trip will be canyoneering and desert hiking, so not necessarily looking for a TON of climbing info, but a few cool towers, spires or something of the sort would be fun!
Scott wrote: Since the Monument is a huge place and roads are far apart, which part are you going to?
Scott wrote: Also, leaving bolts or technically even leaving slings is illegal in the GCNRA (of which Broken Bow Arch is part of).
Scott wrote: Some of the canyons are technical climbs (5.10+), but that's different than wall or tower climbing. You will find plenty of 5.6 to 5.9 climbing in the slots themselves.
Scott wrote:The canyoneering and desert hiking in the area is surpurb, so you will have plenty to do. Have a great trip.
It amazes me, though...somehow, it's OK to build a dam and flood an area the size of Massachusetts, then allow powerboats on the resulting lake, but putting in a few pieces of metal into a cliff is a mortal sin.
Oh yes...I'm not worried about finding enough technical challenge...it's more about diversity of scenery (tower one day, canyon the next).
Scott wrote:Some of my favorites are as follows:
South Fork Choprock Canyon
40 Mile Gulch and Willow Gulch
Peekaboo, Spooky, and (especially) Brimstone Canyons
Death Hollow is good too, but choked with Poison Ivy.
Zion Adventure Company will no doubt be your last chance before the Hole-in-the-Rock road to rent any sort of gear.
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