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Title: Zion, when to go there?
Post by: hoipolloi on July 22, 2009, 11:05:57 pm
So I have the whole first week of August off.  My girlfriend and I want to go climbing, I want to do some walling.  I want to get on the Captain, and probably will if its not over 100.


BUT!

Whats the season on Zion?  Is that a summertime place?  I have never been and it sure looks wonderful.  I saw Russ Wallings TR of Kolob Canyon and it got me a bit inspired to search out somewhere new.  Even though the side of the Captain is still pretty new for me....and oh so good!


Suggestions, ideas?  Discuss.
Title: Re: Zion, when to go there?
Post by: scottydo on July 23, 2009, 12:03:30 am
Never been (want to) but I've heard the summer is a little rediculous as far as the heat goes.
Title: Re: Zion, when to go there?
Post by: skully on July 23, 2009, 12:22:25 am
I've climbed there, but Thunderstorms are real Danger, on the sandstone.
It's window oriented, Spring & Fall Rule, but a window could open in Winter....Though that's not often.
Spring  is Prime, though Fall can Rule. Deep summer is Canyon explorin' time......Many Deep Canyons in Zion.
Don't drown.
Title: Re: Zion, when to go there?
Post by: johnmac on July 23, 2009, 09:06:58 am
Zion in August will be very hot and subject to afternoon storms. The dark rock will almost burn your hands and you will bake. Believe me I've been there.

I like either March/April or Late September/October.

Let me know what routes you are looking at and I can probably tell you how much shade they get.

Some ideas:

Ashtar Tower. It is a free standing tower on the right when driving towards the tunnel - just before you get to the ranger tunnel station (heading North/East bound)

Pulpit: Gets good shade in the late afternoon.

Iron Mesiah - will get some shade.

The Organ would have morning shade.

Shane Buttress.

iigut be okay

I know that Prodigal sun gets the shade from early September.

From another post  Mike Anderson recommended:


For cragging, the "Cragmont" area (near the tunnel) is shady and not closed. There are a number of shady wall routes. The Kolob area has the advantage of being at a significantly higher elevation, and thus cooler. A few North facing walls in Kolob that come to mind are Golden Years, and Catharsis on Shuntavi Butte, and the Thunderbird Wall on Timbertop Mesa. Those are all very climbable this time of year. There are some walls in the N and middle forks of Taylor creek that would be shady, but they may be closed and I don't have first hand info. There are also two badass routes on shady walls somewhere in Zion that I know of, but I won't be posting until I get the FFA.

In the main canyon, Shune's Buttress is shady most of the day, and it kicks ass. The Watchman is shady most of the day, and the Temple of Sinawava routes don't get much sun. Have fun!
 
Title: Re: Zion, when to go there?
Post by: johnmac on July 23, 2009, 09:11:17 am
If you want any specific route information shoot me an email.
Title: Re: Zion, when to go there?
Post by: hoipolloi on July 23, 2009, 05:10:24 pm
well, i think i will wait.  best place to be right now will be Yosemite or the Sierras.  If its too hot for doing a quick wall I will just head to the high country for some alpine peaks and meadows climbing.  Best place to be now and always...

 Maybe in the Fall I will make it to Zion