Big-Walling on Moonlight Buttress Video

Leeds-based climbers Jacob Cook and Bronwyn Hodgins are currently on a three month road-trip in the States. We came across a fun video of the couple climbing Moonlight Buttress in Zion and caught up with them to find out how the trip had gone so far.

Having climbed The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite last year as their first big wall climb, it seems as though Jacob and Bronwyn have well and truly caught the big-walling bug...

Jacob told UKC:

"We spent a month in Indian Creek, Utah, then went over to Zion to have a bash at Moonlight Buttress. It's 11 pitches with a middle section of six 5.12 pitches in a row (7a+-7c or E5 to E7). We abseiled in to stash the portaledge in the middle of the route and then climbed it over two days with a luxurious bivy in the middle. The route is a very different style to anything in the UK, the pitches higher up are so splitter they make London Wall look kind of chossy! We both freed every pitch, which is an especially amazing achievement for Bron who's only been climbing two and a half years and did her first E1 last October...!

"Also in Zion, I free climbed Space Shot, the *other* big free climb. The route goes at 5.13- or 7c+ and I onsighted all the pitches except one, including the 7c+ crux pitch. The pitch I fell off and had to redpoint was a sandy 5.12 flare higher on the route. The route was quite a different proposition to Moonlight, much less traveled, more sandy and more adventurous! Some of the pitches higher up had quite suspect small gear and the route was capped off by a font style 5.12-/7a+ sandy topout."

"The main goal of the trip was to have a go at free climbing El Capitan via Free-Rider but the weather in Yosemite has been terrible (read snowstorms!) so we haven't been able to have a go yet. Hopefully the last 3 weeks of our trip gives us a weather window!"

Visit Jacob's Facebook Athlete Page.

is sponsored by: Bob Hats, Edelweiss, Rab and Scarpa

This post has been read 9,462 times

Return to Latest News

Support UKC

As climbers we strive to make the kind of website we would love to visit, with the most up-to-date news, diverse and interesting articles, comprehensive gear reviews, breathtaking photographs and a vast and useful logbook system. As a result, an incredible community has formed around the site - we’ve provided the framework but it’s you who make the website what it is today. If you appreciate the content we offer then you can help us by becoming an official UKC Supporter. This can be a one-off single annual payment or a more substantial payment paid monthly or yearly which includes full access to Rockfax Digital and discounts on Rockfax print publications.

If you appreciate then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter.

UKC Supporter

  • Support the website we all know and love
  • Access to a year's subscription to Rockfax Digital.
  • Plus 30% off Rockfax guidebooks
  • Plus Show your support UKC Supporter badge on your profile and forum posts
UKC/UKH/Rockfax logo

25 May, 2015
Great, thanks for sharing. Especially liked the relay selfy stick and the legs held hand stand at the end made me laugh. There's no denying these guys can climb though, amazing stuff.
25 May, 2015
Nice Video ... Moonlight Buttress is in Zion ...not Indian Creek
25 May, 2015
Oh THAT Moonlight Buttress...!
25 May, 2015
Goddam Zion looks incredible! Also by what witchcraft can you climb 7c finger cracks within 2 and half years of starting climbing. I want the secret!
25 May, 2015
You guys made it look very easy!!
More Comments
Loading Notifications...
Facebook Twitter Copy Email LinkedIn Pinterest