Spaceshot, Leaning Wall IV 5.6 C2 or 5.13
Avg time to climb route: 1 day
Approach time: 5 minutes
Descent time: 2-3 hours
Number of pitches: 9
Height of route: 1000’ route, 1200’ total
OverviewFA: Ron Olevsky and Dave Jones, 1978. FFA: Mike Anderson and Mark Anderson 6/28/05.
Space Shot is one of Zion’s most classic and popular routes and is the original line up the wall. The beautiful headwall splitters parallel the arch to right and terminate at Earth Orbit Ledge with unforgettable exposure.
Space Shot is generally solid and moderate, but difficulty of retreat above Pitch 5 makes this an “advanced” beginners route. A portaledge is generally unnecessary as there are good natural bivies at Pitch 3 and Earth Orbit Ledge (beware of rodents). Most parties fix to the top of the bolt ladder and fire the rest in a day. It has been climbed in as little as 1:36:54 by Brian McCray and Ammon McNeely (10/12/03). On April 5-6, 2008 Alex Honnold and Chris Weidner free climbed Moonlight and Space Shot car-to-car in 13:30.
Free climbers and aid climbers alike will find the Pitch 8 bolt ladder exhilarating as you exit the apex of the arch. There are fixed anchors the whole way, but traversing and the massive overhang below the upper part of the route means that escape is extremely demanding after the middle of Pitch 5. Better to go up from here.
Rack: see topo.
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