Iron Like a Lion In Zion, Isaac IV/V 5.11b/c


Zion National Park, Utah, USA

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Avg time to climb route: 2 day
Approach time: 1 hour
Descent time: 3-4 hours
Number of pitches: 16
Height of route: 2600'
FA: John Middendorf, Brad Quinn, Bill Hatcher 1993.

The route is mostly wide cracks and chimney’s but ends with a classy 5.10 handcrack on the upper headwall. Start the route in obvious hands to off width splitter crack on the south face. The first pitch leads to a long chimney system that takes you to the big ledge/terrace. A few hundred feet of fourth-easy fifth class takes you to another big, forested ledge. Climb a right facing corner into an arching crack to the obvious headwall cracks.

When to climb: October-April

Rack: Double set of cams to 4”, one 5”, extra 2”-3”, offsets for the aide pitch, 60m ropes

Approach: From the Court of The Patriarchs shuttle stop, cross the street and head west past the large water tank and cross the bridge. Take the right hand trail and continue up the short hill back into the Court (approx. 5 minutes). When you reach a junction in the trail where there is a circular turnaround for the horses, leave the horse trail onto a human trail hike uphill twenty feet on the trail headed for Isaac. Follow the trail that leads you to the seep/spring at mouth of the deep canyon on the east side of Isaac. Here the trail becomes more faint, doubles back and begins to head up the slope to the base of the east face of the formation. Continue along the base of the formation to the west to find the start of both Tricks and the Southeast Buttress.

Descent: rap the route, or descend into the canyon between Isaac and Jacob

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