Finally! After 4 years of staring at West Temple and a failed attempt 2 years ago, we got to stand on the summit. It was a wonderful day from start to finish! An early start and knowing the route from our previous attempt made things fast and smooth. A crazy rattlesnake encounter kept things interesting once the intensity of the exposure was over, and saying hello to an acquaintance when we were nearly at the car led to her giving us more than 50 beers! Leftovers from a birthday party that she needed some help with - we were happy to oblige. And delicious Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo! Thanks Eric and Scott for making it happen!
What a great, adventurous climb- lots of route finding, lots of scrambling, a little roped climbing. Great ridgeline
I've been up there three times. Twice in 97 with successful summits and one failed attempt in 07'. The failed attempt was b/c it got to dark - we got to far to the south...not a bad summit because of the unique and incredible view of West Temple, but I'll be back again for sure. Strongly recommend not going in the summer...I have no idea what was going through my mind when we went up in Aug. I'm glad that was over ten years ago. Everything that you think would happen by going in the summer...did happen, heat exhaustion, throwing up, and cramps.
This was my first visit to Zion and it did not disappoint! It took awhile to get used to loose sandstone scrambling as there is nothing like this in CO. The 5.6 crux wasn't too bad, and I'm not much of a technical climber. We aided the short, exposed 5.8 crack because the alternate gully to climbers left looked unreasonable. Loads of tricky routefinding and sustained class 3-4 scrambling with high pucker factor. Make sure you don't let those bushes on the crux suck your rope up on the rappel!
3/20/09 - Ever since I set eyes on The West Temple and its southwest ridge last fall from Mt. Kinesava it has been begging to be climbed at the earliest opportunity. Dry conditions and fantastic weather permitted an ascent on the last day of calendar winter. A seriously awesome and intense day!
11/28/14 - Repeat with friends. Started from the cemetary this time. Awesome day out despite some routefinding issues. Led the crux pitch. Classic Zion.
Climbed it after 15 years of procrastination and had a blast!
5.8? Nah. Mur soloed it. maybe 5.6.
Nice, typically loose, classic route in Zion. Got nabbed by a giant scorpion while belaying my partner at the top of the technical pitch. Tons of names in the summit register, 'course 98% got there via helicopter to work on the summit antennae, etc.