Moonlight Buttress, Moonlight Buttress Area 5.12d or 5.9 C1

   
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Zion National Park, Utah, USA

  • Currently 5.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 1-2 days
Approach time: 30 minutes
Descent time: 1 hour
Number of pitches: 9
Height of route: 1000'
Overview
Moonlight Buttress is one of the most aesthetic sandstone crack systems in the world. After a few traversing pitches you reach 600 feet of continuous vertical and overhanging cracks in great sandstone. The climbing is steep and exposed to the last moves. This is THE 5.12 multi-pitch crack free climbing testpiece in the country as well as one of the best sandstone big walls in the world. The crowds are intense in peak season (Spring and Fall). Also, beware of potential raptor closures in the summer as well as fluctuating river levels that can affect the approach.
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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: October 23, 2014
Moonlight Buttress Area - Moonlight Buttress 5.12d or 5.9 C1 - Zion National Park, Utah, USA. Click to Enlarge
The route as seen from the loop road.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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