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Checkerboard Mesa, Zion NP

Checkerboard Mesa, Zion NP

This is Checkerboard Mesa, in Zion National Park. Anybody know how much climbing has been done on this thing? Its incredible looking!

Rating:Average Rating = 3.00/5 | Votes: 2 | Comments: 3

Submitted by: mrtristan on 2002-07-12 | Views: 965

Comment rocknpowda on 2003-02-14
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If you like runout butt cracks, it's supposed to be pretty fun!
Comment chirp on 2005-03-30
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The vertical and continuous crack system in the center of the face is Wheat Chex, 5.6 R. A really nice route in spite of the softish rock.
Comment kevinhansen on 2008-06-30
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I lead this route yesterday and it was a fun adventure. The second pitch is 5.6 for sure and the fourth is 5.7, but the jewels are pitches 1 and 3 and they go at 5.8- R and they are Fun! The crack isn't realy a crack but more of a rain gutter and about the same size. Gear was exciting and spread out, but its easy ground for sure.
After the BIG tree at the top traverse left up a ramp to a layback gully thing. Walk off to the East and down a trail in the slot. 6 hours round trip.
Gear I placed was everything from hands to #4 cams, Little nuts, big nuts, and Pink, red, blue, and brown Camp Tri-cams. Keep an eye out for an OLD BONG a the start of pitch #2.
Don't forget to wipe your feet often, and remember its an adventure.