Starting the 2nd pitch on...

Starting the 2nd pitch on...

Starting the 2nd pitch on Ashtar Command Route, Ashtar Tower, Zion National Park, 2005
Dow Williams
on Nov 13, 2005 11:21 am
Image ID: 136154


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Corax - Nov 13, 2005 11:40 am - Voted 10/10

Solid rock?

I'm unfamilar with that type of rock. Is it solid or can those large flakes break off?

Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Nov 13, 2005 12:00 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Solid rock?

Janne, the sandstone can be loose. The most deceiving aspect of climbing these sort of routes is the "Desert Varnish". Mostly great tempting holds, but not bomber. It will come off on you.

It is made up of a coating of clay particles (approximately 70%) combined with mineral deposits of iron and manganese oxides - - all probably wind-blown material that settled on the surface of rock.


bobeck - Dec 4, 2007 11:09 am - Voted 10/10

Fun Traverse

Nice pic. of traversing off the 1st pitch belay anchors! I did this route in my La Sportiva Exum Ridges a few years back and I was preparing for a big pendulum! Thanks for sharing Dow!

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