Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 1668m a.s.l
Zion is a spectacular canyon with excellent routes for a wide range of ability levels. It is most noted for its long wall routes on amazing sandstone. There are many good entry-level grade IV's and V's like Prodigal Sun, Touchstone Wall, and Moonlight Buttress. There are also many challenging lines that will test the seasoned wall rat. There are plenty of short, one or two pitch routes for those who don't want to venture too high off the deck.
As a National Park, Zion charges $25 for a seven-day pass or $80 for an annual pass (good at all National Parks and covers entry fees at most other federally-managed lands). A $15 fee is charged for a bivy permit for each wall you do. Overnight bivy permits are obtained from the rangers at the visitors center. Or you can book online using the Zion online permits. You still have to pick them up but at least it is booked.
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|Moonlight Buttress was graded 5.13b when Peter Croft and Johnny Woodward first freed it in the early 90s. Numerous aid and free ascents have reduced the difficulty significantly as the cracks have opened up. It gets 5.12d in current guidebooks but none of the individual pitches are harder than 5.12.
Andy Moles - 16/Nov/17