Moonlight Buttress 5.12d or 5.9 C1

  • Currently 5.0/5

Moonlight Buttress Area

Zion National Park, Utah, USA

Trip Report
Fall in the Desert
Monday December 26, 2016 1:17pm
Anyone wants to know how to make an eight year old cry twice? That was one of the things I learned this fall, and that the number of pedophile and dead baby jokes is infinite. So yeah, the cold campfire nights were great and the fall productive. There was also a lot of climbing, photography, smiles, #flailinontheproj, new hashtags and an unexpected free climbing highlight was the sent of the Moonlight Buttress (V 5.12+) in Zion NP. #crusheditbro #spraylords_of_instagram #RUN_the_PDL_homie

Now Moonlight is downgraded to only a 5.12B/C, and is not difficult at all for the harder men and women out there, yet yours truly was expecting to get up the route, not free it in a day, on the first attempt. It has sustained, beautiful crack climbing from bottom to the top, pushed me to the absolute limit of trying hard. While climbing the last crux pitch my hands were close to failing on a section of locker low 5.11 fingers, which would be a joy in the beginning, with plenty of energy. That was after three pitches of cramping biceps. Got by, yet am far from mastering the route, that's for damn sure. The trip started from climbing in Red Rocks, then going to Zion and doing Tricks of the Trade (V 5.11- C2) and The Monkeyfinger (IV 5.12), both of which are great too! I did not send the latter. The MB happened later, after climbing in Indian Creek for about three weeks. Gettimg used to sandstone was wise. the 2016 comes to an end, the new year approaches and will start from a trip to Patagonia while actively applying for jobs closer to the mountains. Not sure what to expect for 2017, but as long as I can escape from injuries and continue climbing with good people, I'm sure it will be a good one. Wish the same for everyone reading, Marry Christmas, Happy New Year and get out to those places you want to see in 2017, the time to live is now!


this TR has been sponsored by #MY_JOB_LOL

Sunset selfies! That's what climbin in the Creek is all about braj!11 ! (I barely know this guy but he is a straight G mega OG)
#straight_gangsters_of_instagram #lulzoftheday

The Moonlight Buttress #shitmypants #nexttimebringingfixedlinesandminitraxing

#showinoffthebicepts #crushing #gladtheropeistight #spraylords_of_instagram

Zion NP. View from Tricks of the Trade, what a great climb and a great view, WOW!


#take_in_slack #im_pumped #toobadmytattooisnotfullyvisible

#inaday #crushedit #retarded_hashtags_of_instagram



#actinlikeitaintshityetcrampinandwhinin #thatshowweroll #dazedandconfused


#the_homies_straight_chillin #goofballin

#death_of_a_cowboy #bro_sent_5.13_with_a_smile #I_belayed #f*#k_yeah


#homie_is_god #climbing_itno_the_sky

The Angels Landing

Early morning long exposure of the Patriarchs, Zion.

Deadhorse Point, Utah


Long exposure in the narrows, Zion NP

#whysosandbagged #thoughtredrockhassoftratings #gotowned #lookedlikeaherooninstagram

Red Rock

MANY more photos from Zion, Ouray, IC and Bryce NP:

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Vitaliy M.
About the Author
Vitaliy M. is an annoying gym climber from San Francisco.

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Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
  Dec 26, 2016 - 03:49pm PT

but I liked the images...
dude is kicking it for sure.

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to go anywhere until The Book is finished, or it finishes me...

Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
  Dec 26, 2016 - 03:48pm PT
#thisisntaclimbingforumitsaclimbersforum #getthisshitouttahere #stokeandsuccessandwhatnot #thisisntablenderreview #yunotelectricscooterreview #chuffing #proudshitthobraj
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
  Dec 26, 2016 - 03:56pm PT
All such wonderful places!

Catch up to you when you're back in the Moab area....until then safe travels!


Jingus Newroutaineer
  Dec 26, 2016 - 04:00pm PT

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
  Dec 26, 2016 - 04:09pm PT
Vitaliy, you are an excellent climber and photographer.

Your writing and sense of humor are not so bad either!

Always enjoy your posts.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Dec 26, 2016 - 04:20pm PT
Loved the tour, V.
Choice pics and fine sends (or nonsends).
Thanks and rock 2017.
Hope you get to move into or nearer to the great places you go.

  Dec 26, 2016 - 04:54pm PT
Thanks for the updates. Way to get after it!

Trad climber
mt. hood /baja
  Dec 26, 2016 - 05:00pm PT
Awesome ! check your keyboard , there were a bunch of # thingies
in it.

Social climber
  Dec 26, 2016 - 07:17pm PT
Serious Moonlight!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
  Dec 26, 2016 - 07:23pm PT

Go V go!

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
  Dec 27, 2016 - 06:53am PT
He who shoot deer in ass.


Sweet pics dude.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Dec 27, 2016 - 08:49am PT
Nice trip Braj!

Mountain climber
  Dec 27, 2016 - 08:57am PT
Cool report, V!

Wishing you lots of success in Patagonia.

Mountain climber
  Dec 27, 2016 - 10:28am PT
Thank you Vitaly for the benefits of the cultural learning of America.

Finally I know "how to make an eight year old cry twice".

  Dec 27, 2016 - 11:01am PT
These photos do not suck.


Trad climber
Ontario, Canada
  Dec 27, 2016 - 11:41am PT
Wow Vitaly, such great pics, thanks for the tour!
I hiked Angel's Landing with family about a month ago. Sure hope to get on one of those incredible climbs before it's too late...For me that is!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Author's Reply  Dec 27, 2016 - 12:30pm PT
Thank you Vitaly for the benefits of the cultural learning of America.

Campfires get as wild as in Kazakhstan, I tell ya! :)

Clinker, that is funny you noticed that. Those guys had no pride or honor! Nor good hashtags.

4 Corners Area
  Dec 27, 2016 - 12:54pm PT
Nice photos!
Thanks for sharing the beauty . . .
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Dec 27, 2016 - 03:05pm PT
#gnar gnar
Thanks V

Mountain climber
there and back again
  Dec 27, 2016 - 06:05pm PT
Jeezus V. You Da Man.

Keep it up!!.

  Dec 27, 2016 - 06:22pm PT
thanks v...

for both the stoke and the chuckles...

and also to W.L. for #yunotelectricscooterreview...


Trad climber
  Jan 15, 2017 - 04:56pm PT
God dammit you're the man! Nice send(s)!
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
  Jan 16, 2017 - 10:53am PT
You so totally rock, V.....gimme some fin, some noggin'.

Seriously dude, your stoke is without peer and your photos DO NO SUCK either. Always enjoy reading your TRs, and am looking forward to more in '17.

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Jan 16, 2017 - 11:02am PT
You crack me up man! And the gnar keeps getting gnarlier. And with so much time outside you end up with a tons of beautiful pics too. The photog website looks great.

Social climber
  Jan 16, 2017 - 04:11pm PT
hey there say, NEAT STUFF... sorry i missed it...

been really busy, since christmas and even now...

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