Negative Ghostrider, The Watchman IV 5.11-

 
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Zion National Park, Utah, USA

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Gaar Lausman

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Sep 27, 2010 - 07:29pm
 

What a really, really fun route! Nice work guys

Went out on 9/27 with a forecasted high of 101. We were able to climb most of the day in the shade and did not get sun until 430 which caused us to bail at the top of P7.

Few side notes. The ghost is a really cool feature weighing in around 500#, but it is loose and your belayer is directly below, be careful.

At the top of P6 we "accidentally" established a really good single pitch variation. After the steep hand and fist crack we did not traverse far enough to the left, intstead begain climbing the beautiful splitter straight ahead, with enormous face holds. Turns out this wasnít on route.... Left a nut and slung scrub oak ( it holds enough.) This variation is excellent in its own right but could use a real anchor. 5.10- 75ft

The P7 splitter looks very intimidating, but a surplus of crimps keeps it manageable.

We took double blue tcu- #3camolot, one #4 and one #5. Didnít need the #5, but could have used two purple TCUs on P7, small well placed nuts worked instead.
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The Watchman - Negative Ghostrider IV 5.11- - Zion National Park, Utah, USA. Click to Enlarge
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