Very fun and rewarding. For the most part the trail was easy to follow, but above the second major obstacle and the steps, it transitions to a dirt path through brush and here is where we had some route finding issues.
With Rick and Richie (WMC) - no other people encountered once on-route. Used webbing to descend first crux, and lowered our packs with cording a couple of times. One of the most awesome views I've experienced in the Park.
Fun climb. Been waiting several years to do this, finally went with Bo Beck. Great climb, although the brush on the upper third of the mountain seriously detracts from the enjoyment of the climb in my opinion. The lower sections of scrambling is the best part for sure. Took us a little less than 3 hours to summit and 6 hours car to car.
This is one of Zion's best scrambles. Bring a short rope to rappel unless you are confident downclimbing low 5th class.
Perfect day. Funnest scramble I've come across in Zion yet!
Oct 22, 2017
Been wanting to repeat this climb ever since I did it in Nov 2013. Finally got the opportunity Oct 22, 2017. 3 hours up, 2.5 hours down, with Brandon Harrison.
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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.
Great route, breathtaking views.
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.
4/18/18 - Solo with Patrik. Also took a side trip up the East Spur.
But the last time was the best with Tanya and Joe and Joe's dad.
This is one of the funnest hikes in Zion! The veiw from the top is spectacular!
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
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.
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.
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.
Fun route. One of the better hikes in Zion.
A good-time warmup before heading to Upper Keyhole.
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!!!!