a couple of times. Last was with Tanya.
I don't remember the exact date, but I signed the log that was in that little jar on top. ;) Fun climb!
This is where Bo and I met this guy though. ;)
A great desert peak. I never noticed the attack ants that are supposed to be guarding the rap stations.
Was featured in Climbing Magazine as a 5.6, but the crack up the middle of the east ridge is scrambling grade, maybe 5.4, no need for pro. There is a modern rap sling on tree above. We did Pine Valley Peak which was much more of a challenge in terms of bad rock and exposure, but still, like 5.5, and then ran over and tagged North Guardian. 2nd time ever back in this part of Zion, can't wait to spend loads more time here, a hidden gem with tons to do. Cheers.
Climbed up the East Ridge. It was easier than I expected but there was no where to place any gear so I ended up free climbing the route and then setting up a belay for my partner. Fun scrambling and great views from the summit. I'm glad I got to climb North Guardian Angel because I always thought it was such an interesting mountain.
It was again a hot summer day, but in the Kolob Terrace section of Zion it is bearable. Started hiking too late and got little lost on the way between the Northgate Peaks and North Guardian Angel (too many attacking ponderosa trees we had to walk around) and ended up doing the Class 3 slab in the noon sun. Made it to the top of the first section and was waiting for my partner to meet me there. Suddenly he totally gave up in the middle of the first slab. I guess not a good place to figure out his phobia that at certain height without rope he can not think straight and starts panicking a little bit. Had rope in my bag the whole time and could of use the tree close to the top of the slab as a belay station, but rather than risking decided to descent. Insecurity about particular climb and a fear is almost definitely disaster ready to happen. So it is my first unfinished business, but I’m hoping to come back some time and try it again.
Solo outing out of the Wildcat Cyn TH, after hiking up Angels Landing and Observation Pt earlier in the day. Much looser than I was expecting, and the first bit of the ridge--the crux (steep, a bit loose, and mostly holdless friction)--was quite intimidating... until I wandered around a bit to the right, and found easier, if more exposed, ground. Climbed this in boots, but rock shoes would have made it more secure, and probably more enjoyable. (Looking around a bit harder for the even easier lines that exist might have made it more secure, too. Supposedly there's a class 3 crack somewhere around there, although I didn't see anything resembling that).
Once you accept the fact that the rock is chossy, it's a nice climb, with some excellent exposure, a bit spicy in places, and cool views. Carried a 60m rope, and ended up using it to rappel the crux pitch rather than downclimb cruddy rock. (A 50m would have sufficed).
My first real friction-slickrock/crappyzionrock climb. It was a bit challenging for a big hiker guy, especially since we free climbed the thing, but everything went smoothly. Thanks to my partners, cp0915 and Mark, for being great teachers.
05/21/05 - Exceptional views. Disappointingly short, and much easier than I'd anticipated. Solo'd the entire route with my partners Mark and Mike. The S and SE faces of nearby West Northgate Peak, which we did afterward, were much more difficult. All in all, a great day.
* Note: Greg D is right about the attack ants!
05/05/07 - Returned with Dow and Carsten and did the 5.5 variation of the east ridge in the afternoon after a fun climb (in the snow, no less!) of Pine Valley Peak a couple hours earlier. Saw the signatures of Alois Smrz and Brian Hughes from the previous weekend in the NGA register.
06/15/08 - Traversed the mountain with DB, Ram and Little Ram.
10/17/10 - A fun half-day out with Harlan.
Great day in the Zion sun.