Monday, December 05, 2005

Desert Shield, Zion Naitional Park, in december

There’s a reason not many people climb in Zion in December: “Its cold out there!”

They understand average route gets less than 5 hours of sun a day and temperatures in the shade hover around freezing.

The cold doesn’t like me. I usually have to wear three layers of clothes in the winter to stay warm… inside a heated house. So I tried to get Ammon McNeely to go to Mexico and climb the Trono Blanco. But he was already in Zion and wouldn’t be free so venture south until January… I needed to climb walls right now!

Morning temps were in the teens. By noon, temperatures had warmed up to just above freezing. On the drive into Zion Canyon the climb I pointed at a few frozen waterfalls hanging off the walls. Maybe we should have brought the ice tools.

“Its cold out there!”

because it was so cold, and we are so smart, we choose a route on a north facing wall, of course: Desert Sheild.

The regularly sandy trail leading to the base had formed into permafrost. It was kinda cool to walk on surface you expect to be squish under your foot only to have it respond to your shoe sole like steel. If only this effect didn’t depend on the temperature being below 32 degrees.

I led the first five pitches. I soon realized that there are both pros to your hands freezing. The pain of the cold does mask the pain of poor hand jamming technique. The cold also makes you move faster.

Here is me on the second pitch:

I led the first half of the route in just under and hour and then Ammon took over. The first five pitches are really just the approach for the Desert Shield: 400 feet of flawless, steep, and richly red sandstone.

Ammon starting up the bolt ladder on pitch 6.

I was really glad Ammon was leading these pitches. You basically just place offset stopper after offset stopper in placements that are often a little more shallow than you like. You often ask the question “Is that stopper biting INTO the rock or biting THROUGH the rock.”

Ammon starting up pitch 7.

At one point, Ammon called down. “Whoa… this stopper that I am standing on just broke the rock under it and slid down a bit.” You can’t get that kinda excitement in Yosemite.

Two pitches from the top, despite our attempts to avoid it, we actually found ourselves in the sun. Well, the sun was glancing off us anyway. It didn’t really warm the rock but it did make for some cool photos.

Two pitches of Ammon at the top of pitch 8.

When we topped out, for the first time, we were actually directly in the sun. it was glorious. Despite doing the route in under 3 hours (2:57) Ammon felt we could have moved a little faster.

“Today I didn’t want to fall so I was being a little more cautious,”

“uhhh… there are times where you don’t care about falling?” I asked.

”Sure!!” he shot back, “Sometimes I am just like “F--- It! I don’t really care .”

I wanted to say “Yeah, I can relate to that… the feeling of fearlessness while standing on crappy gear thousands of feet above the ground.”

But I can’t. There are times when I have no fear on a big wall, but they are pretty much limited to 5.8 C1.

We rapped the route back to the ground and I took this photo on the way down.

And this photo of the surround walls on the way back to the campground.

For an updated topo of the route that I just made, click here

For other free topos, go here: click here


Blogger oakleyses said...

kate spade outlet, prada handbags, coach purses, coach factory, michael kors, ray ban sunglasses, tiffany and co, michael kors outlet online, longchamp handbags, tory burch outlet, burberry outlet online, ray ban, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, gucci outlet, ray ban sunglasses, jordan shoes, louis vuitton outlet online, longchamp handbags, toms shoes, louboutin, polo ralph lauren outlet, coach outlet, michael kors outlet online, chanel handbags, chanel handbags, kate spade handbags, louis vuitton handbags, oakley sunglasses, true religion outlet, michael kors, longchamp outlet, true religion jeans, louboutin, nike shoes, polo ralph lauren outlet, true religion, cheap michael kors, nike free, oakley sunglasses, nike air max, air max, coach outlet store, michael kors handbags clearance, prada outlet

10:46 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

mac cosmetics, ray ban pas cher, timberland, mulberry, supra shoes, yoga pants, nike air max, north face outlet, burberry, vans, louboutin, new balance shoes, montre pas cher, nike huarache, abercrombie and fitch, birkin bag, converse shoes, longchamp, nike free, north face jackets, air max, beats by dre, louis vuitton, lancel, hollister, karen millen, longchamp, nfl jerseys, michael kors, abercrombie and fitch, mont blanc, rolex watches, ralph lauren, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton, wedding dresses, oakley pas cher, juicy couture outlet, ralph lauren, hermes, hogan, new balance pas cher, hollister, roshe run, lululemon, nike trainers, reebok outlet, converse pas cher, nike roshe, louis vuitton

10:47 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

uggs on sale, canada goose, oakley sunglasses outlet, mcm handbags, canada goose, soccer shoes, chi flat iron, gucci, babyliss pro, oakley sunglasses cheap, bottega veneta, asics gel, ferragamo shoes, ghd, soccer jerseys, cheap oakley sunglasses, ugg boots, ugg boots, valentino shoes, p90x3, canada goose outlet, moncler outlet, canada goose, canada goose, moncler, ugg, marc jacobs, ugg boots, tn pas cher, moncler, converse, ralph lauren, air max, oakley vault, herve leger, insanity, celine handbags, canada goose outlet, oakley, moncler, giuseppe zanotti, instyler ionic styler, ugg, louboutin, ray ban, cheap sunglasses, hollister, jimmy choo, vans

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

discount uggs
mcm handbags
ugg boots cheap
giuseppe zanotti sneakers
mulberry bags
uggs outlet
christian louboutin
louis vuitton outlet online
tory burch outlet
nike sb dunks
christian louboutin outlet
brazilian butt lift workout
belstaff jackets
uggs black friday
ugg boots sale
nike roshe run
nike kd 6
ugg boots outlet
tiffany & co
kd 6
pandora jewellery
cheap uggs for sale
uggs outlet
michael kors outlet
coach purses
canada goose jackets on sale
michael kors outlet
christian louboutin outlet store
jimmy choo outlet
moncler uk
tods shoes

6:07 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

2015-10-06 zhengjx
hollister uk
michael kors
Michael Kors Outlet Factory Handbags For Sale
Coach Outlet Store Online Free Shipping
michael kors outlet
Louis Vuitton Outlet Store Locations
louis vuitton outlet
Michael Kors Outlet Factory Online Store
Louis Vuitton Outlet 100% Authentic
Coach Factory Outlet Official Website
Abercrombie And Fitch New York Outlet Store
michael kors handbags
Oakley Sunglasses Official Website Cheap Off
Michael Kors Outlet USA Store
coach factory outlet
Original Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Online
cheap nfl jerseys
michael kors handbags
ugg boots
Gucci Outlet Online 80% OFF
Jordan 6 Retro Discount Sale
true religion jeans
canada goose
Cheap Jordan 13 Shoes For Sale Free Shipping
ugg boots
Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet On Sale
Coach Outlet Online Coach Factory Outlet
Louis Vuitton Outlet Discount Handbags
New Jordans Cheap For Sale
ugg australia

2:06 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

stuart weitzman boots,
ray ban sunglasses,
black friday deals,
louis vuitton handbags,
nike trainers,
oakley outlet,
lululemon outlet,
roshe run,
soccer jerseys,
cheap mlb jerseys,
replica handbags,
north face jackets,
louis vuitton outlet,
hermes birkin,
kobe bryant shoes,
replica watches,
hollister uk,
ray ban,
prada handbags,
the north face clearance,
cheap nba jerseys,
ray ban sunglasses,
tory burch outlet,
beats headphones,
air max 2014,
cheap nfl jerseys,
montblanc pens,
michael kors outlet store,

3:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

michael kors outlet clearance
michael kors handbags
hermes outlet
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton bags
toms outlet store
soccer jerseys
cheap jordans
michael kors outlet online
true religion outlet
pandora jewelry
hermes bags
michael kors handbags
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet store
michael kors handbags
prada shoes
christian louboutin outlet
hermes belt for sale
true religion outlet
lebron shoes
michael kors outlet
michael kors handbags
herve leger dresses
asics,asics israel,asics shoes,asics running shoes,asics israel,asics gel,asics running,asics gel nimbus,asics gel kayano
oakley sunglasses
ralph lauren,polo ralph lauren,ralph lauren outlet,ralph lauren italia,ralph lauren sito ufficiale
cheap jordan shoes
michael kors online outlet
toms outlet
football shirts
michael kors outlet
ray ban sunglasses
ray ban sunglasses
swarovski crystal
20160301 baozhenhong

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2016-4-15 xiaozhengm
coach outlet
gucci outlet
nike air force 1
nike basketball shoes
louis vuitton outlet
oakley outlet
oakley sunglasses
timberland boots
nike running shoes
coach outlet store online
louis vuitton
adidas originals shoes
louis vuitton bags
cheap oakley sunglasses
nike roshe run
jordans for sale
rolex watches
coach outlet store online
lebron james shoes
tods shoes
longchamp bags
gucci outlet
ghd hair straighteners
coach factory outlet
insanity workout
nike uk
pandora jewelry
cheap oakley sunglasses
coach outlet
jordan retro
burberry outlet online
pandora jewelry
coach outlet online
nike air max
coach factory
designer handbags
hollister clothing
cheap oakley sunglasses
ray bans
ed hardy clothing

6:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

the north face outlet
true religion
cheap adidas trainers
air max thea
coach outlet store online
abercrombie kids
coach factory outlet online
louis vuitton handbags
ralph lauren polo shirts
louis vuitton purses

5:09 PM  
Blogger raybanoutlet001 said...

air jordan uk
broncos jerseys
red valentino
replica watches
cheap nike shoes
the north face outlet
jordan shoes
michael kors handbags online
hollister clothing
los angeles lakers

2:47 AM  
Blogger kkk said...

pandora charms
nike outlet store
discount oakley sunglasses
coach outlet online
michael kors outlet
jordan shoes
pandora charms sale clearance
mont blanc pen
coach factory outlet online
coach outlet online

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Obat Luka Tersiram Air Panas said...

Herbal treatment is the most effective treatment you can do

Obat Borok Dan Korengan Paling Ampuh
Pengobatan Efektif Varises Di Betis
Obat Menghilangkan Keloid Dengan Cepat Dan Aman
Cara Pengobatan Tulang Keropos
Pengobatan Menyeluruh Sindrom Steven Johnson
Pengobatan Untuk Mengatasi Sakit Tenggorokan

11:22 PM  
Blogger samaher said...

نعمل دائما على توفر خدمات نقل عفش متميزة لاننا افضلشركة نقل عفش بالدمام رخيصةتعمل فى الدمام والاحساء ويمكنك دوما الاستعانة بنا لاننا نوفر افضل سيارات
نقل عفش بالدمامفقط اتصل بنا بالاضافة الى خدماتنا مثل :

شركة نقل عفش من جدة الى الدمام شركة نقل عفش من جدة الى الدمام
شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة

شراء الاثاث المستعمل بالرياض

شركة شراء اثاث مستعمل بالدمام شركة شراء الاثاث المستعمل بالدمام


4:24 PM  
Blogger steve said...

شركة شحن عفش من جدة الى الامارات
شركة شحن عفش من جدة الى الاردن
شركة نقل عفش من جدة الى الدمام
شركة نقل عفش من جدة الى المدينة المنورة
شركة نقل عفش من جدة الى الطائف

1:49 PM  
Blogger telkahost said...

شرکت تلکا هاست پیشرو در میزبانی انواع وب سایت و هم چنین دارای انواع خرید هاست با کنترل پنل سی پنل میباشد.حتما از سایت ما دیدن کنید و از قیمت های مناسب برای انواع سرویس های وب و خرید دامنه ارزان شگفت زده شوید.

1:31 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home