Solo and a bit unnerving. Used my 30' of webbing to string a handline off a tree on a short section of descent.
With Fred. Decided to belay the spicy section everyone alludes to near the ridge crest as well as to rappel it. Summit ridge was fun and the views wonderful. First time on this sort of rock, so it was a great summit on which to test the waters. Beautiful weather, cool with a cold wind at times.
We had never scrambled on this kind of rock before and it was a learning experience. We beelined it from the road as suggested, seeking out the lowest angle path up the slickrock. One little section high up on the bowl was very spicy for us and we thought it was the crux. The summit block was 4th class, loose, but fairly easy. Descending down the crux section in the bowl was a little unnerving and we had to experiment with the limits of frictioning on this stuff. There was no way to protect it, although we did consider slinging the bush there in hopes that it may hold if we slipped while downclimbing. Eventually we worked our way through it though without getting the rope out.
I thought it was a little scarey. I also climbed something across the road afterwards that was pretty nice.
This was a very challenging slickrock experience for my 11 year old son and I. From the shoulder of the peak was one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen in Zion, looking east. Alas, the summit block was beyond our abilities even though we worked our way around the entire southern half of the peak.
Went pretty much directly up, occasionally contouring, and wound up at the outcrop north of the main summit block, from which it was an easy scramble to the very top. No snow on the route this day. The hardest part going up was near the summit ridge where the slopes steepened and I had to really get into the friction thing without any rock shoes on.
I tried to climb directly down from the south end of the summit but found the downclimbing conditions unsuitable, so I retraced my ascent route a bit and then traversed to the southern ridge, which allowed an easy but steep hike back down.
After splashing through Keyhole Canyon once, I went up the direct southeast face of this thing. A touch of spicy class 4 near the top.
I've also done a neat, and easier, route that traverses small ledges along the west side of the peak. Class 2, with nice exposure in spots.
-4-10-10: Returned and scrambled up the steepish slabs (class 3-4) from the north col and then descended via the west side ledges.
This was a fun hike/climb for a winters day! Thanks for taking me. :)