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Zion National Park, Utah, USA


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A scorching July 4th climb up Moonlight Buttress

by Owen
Tuesday July 18, 2017 6:10pm
On our journey to become big wall masters, my partner Andrew and I swing by Zion for a hot second to climb Moonlight Buttress:

https://northeastalpine.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/moonlight-buttress-or-more-appropriatley-sunlight-buttress/

Credit: Owen

Disclaimer: This post is part of a series of other blog posts documenting a "Live Your Dream" grant which I was awarded through the American Alpine Club. Unfortunately after Zion my car got rear ended on the freeway just outside of LA, so I also talk about that towards the end of the post...

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Owen
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Owen is a social climber from New York.

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Just bearly here
  Jul 18, 2017 - 07:24pm PT
Great photos and story, Owen.
Lesson learned about climbing big walls in 100+ degree temps, eh?
Bummer about your car...lucky you weren't injured!
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
  Jul 19, 2017 - 07:48am PT
HOLY SH#T! What an incredible trip you've been having. I couldn't stop reading.
How in the world did you do all that in the heat???

Then the car. What a shitty thing to have happen. You have an incredible attitude about it all and I am so glad you're safe. Indeed, that could have been much worse.

Rock on

Susan
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Jul 19, 2017 - 09:43am PT
I got a dehydration headache reading that...!

Way to stick with it...hot hot hot!
i-b-goB

Social climber
Wise Acres
  Jul 19, 2017 - 10:31am PT
"The stuff that dreams are made of"
Da-Veed

Big Wall climber
Bigfork
  Jul 19, 2017 - 12:43pm PT
Dang, Moonlight in July! Nice work, keep at it. LF is really not really any harder, than MLB.
Matt's

climber
  Jul 19, 2017 - 12:47pm PT
climbing in zion in july is a bit like aiding+hauling on moonlight buttress:

just because you can do it doesn't make it a good idea
Esparza

Trad climber
Westminster, CA
  Jul 19, 2017 - 01:10pm PT
YIkes.... Good send and epic time up there in the heat.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jul 20, 2017 - 02:54am PT
Way to persevere,
I can't imagine climbing in 105 degree heat.
Gunkie

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
  Jul 20, 2017 - 04:57am PT
Great trip report!
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
  Jul 20, 2017 - 07:37am PT
That was really an impressive effort, way to go, guys. Also, thanks for posting your story, it is an inspiring read. Bummer about your car, but a real blessing that you are largely uninjured. The rest of it is just stuff.
cheers
Owen

Social climber
New York
Author's Reply  Jul 23, 2017 - 10:37am PT
Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone! I'll try to post another TR whenever I end up getting to the Valley...
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