Did with Jacob...I led the first pitch. This was an awesome climb
Broke Ashtar Command into three pitches with Matt Lemke and led the 2nd two. fun and easy, and heavily featured, crack followed by thin, delicate, friction climbing. my kind of route.
Thanks Dow for taking me up there.
This was my first Zion climb per the recommendation of Dow. Awesome climbing and mostly fun. The sport section on on the Ashtar Command route is airy and really fun! Cool top out!
My 2nd ascent, this time using Feeling Minnesota to get up to the start of the 2nd pitch. Placed a .5 and .75 on Feeling (with existing bolts-2008) to the first anchor and then used the same pieces to protect the start of the bolted 2nd pitch of Command from there. You can rap this with a single 60m, no worries. The old beta says two rope rappel and we took that literally last time and thus got in a little trouble trying to rap off the southeast corner with a single 60, but it is fixed for 3 raps down the face. Watched a dude epic before us by running past all the stations and going to the top. Ran out of draws and rope, so just soloed basically the top portion dragging a rope spread out on a Z...dude...that was wicked. When he rapped to clean (since the 2nd was left on the ground), he had to use single bolt raps and do some Sylvester Stallone stuff to get back over to the rap line. Fantastic entertainment to say the least. Now I know how Fred B felt back when we were screwing around on it the first time.
Met another party doing Feeling Minnesota next to us and it included the legendary Fred Becky. Although my brother in law has been out with him, I had never met him before. Interesting old chap, a little on the grouchy side, but then his party was kind of slow and awkward getting up Feeling Minnesota. He never really climbed all day, just watched us get into trouble. I think we entertained him. When our epic was done, he wanted to leave. Part of October 2005 climbing tour with Chris and Zach. Thanks guys!