Lady Mountain & Mount Moroni
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April 10, 2012


Looking up Zion Canyon and the Virgin River from the Emerald Pools Trail.
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A steep staircase of sorts marks the start of a highly improbable route up through the cliffs on the east face of Lady Mountain. This route was constructed by the Park Service way back in 1925. 1400 steps were chiseled into the soft sandstone and 2000 feet of cable and 2 ladders were installed. In the late 70's it was deemed too dangerous, the "trail" was closed, and all of the hardware removed. Today bold scramblers can still make use of it to reach the summit!
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For the most part the route is well marked by yellow and red paint.
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Carved steps turn this 5th class slab obstacle into a steep 3rd class scramble.
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Josh carefully making his was up the exposed Moki steps.
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Josh with Zion Lodge below.
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Josh above the Virgin River.
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Yellow arrows point the way.
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Andy carefully scrambling up a tricky section of rock. The steps have really eroded, especially near the bottom here.
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Josh approaching one of two cruxes of the route. There used to be a ladder here!
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Crux #1: A deep chimney. A couple of 5.6ish moves over MUCH air are required. There is one bolt at the bottom of the chimney for anchoring a belayer and one bolt at the top for belaying seconds and rapping on the way down. A BD #2 cam can be placed reasonably well but is not really necessary for a confident climber/scrambler. We rope up, I lead and then belay Andy & Josh up.
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Andy holds onto a pine tree for protection as he traverses a narrow, exposed ledge. Cables used to serve this purpose. Today trees are the best we can do.
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Yikes, its clear there is no room for error here!
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Andy continues to traverse the exposed ledge system running south on Lady Mountain's east face.
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This way! Don't trip!
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Josh hikes along the narrow ledge.
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Partway up Lady Mountain we veer off the "trail" and take a detour toward Mount Moroni. This rubble gully with a dead tree marks our departure location.
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Andy gazes ahead to the summit of Mount Moroni. Time for some bushwhacking!
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Josh hikes up a nifty little slot en route to the top of Mount Moroni.
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Mighty Jacob towers above Andy as we near Mount Moroni.
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Andy and Josh scramble up a tricky spot.
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Mighty Isaac comes into full view as we climb higher.
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Andy, Josh & Jacob.
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Routefinding our way to the top of Mount Moroni. Just can't get enough of Jacob! Too bad I'll never get to climb that one.
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Andy approaching the summit of Mount Moroni with its north ridge in the background.
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Andy just below the summit with great views down into Zion Canyon.
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Andy & Josh on Mount Moroni.
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View west into the Court of the Patriarchs from the summit of Mount Moroni.
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Isaac as seen from the top of Mount Moroni.
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Yet another shot of Jacob.
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Andy on the descent from Mount Moroni.
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After regaining the Lady Mountain "trail" we soon come to the second crux of the route: a 12 foot open book. This one's a little tougher, 5.7, but its short and not exposed. Andy bravely tackles it first. Notice the old, now useless hardware on the left wall.
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Andy gets a little help from Josh and manages to overcome the obstacle without feeling the need for a rope. Nice work Andy!
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Josh tops out above crux #2.
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Andy scrambling further up Lady Mountain.
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Above the second crux we found the trail a little difficult to follow in a couple spots.
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The summit of Lady Mountain is finally visible. Still a ways to go.
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Josh high above Zion Lodge.
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Andy & Josh take a break at a cool alcove along the trail.
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Andy leads the way across another exposed ledge.
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Josh and a bunch of red paint marking the way.
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Josh climbing up an exposed, 4th class chute. There was a rappel anchor at the top of this section but we didn't need it.
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Josh atop Lady Mountain's east face cliffs.
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From here its a 10 minute hike to the top of Lady Mountain.
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Top of Lady Mountain! Its my 2nd time here.
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The distinctive red alcove on Cathedral Mountain is obvious from here.
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Josh beginning the descent.
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Careful here! Slip on the dirt and you'll fall over a sheer cliff face thats at least hundreds of feet tall!
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Josh and Andy carefully descend an exposed section. We're tired and this is no time to get sloppy!
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We take it one step at a time.
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Josh rappels the upper crux from an exisiting anchor. Last time I was here there was so anchor.
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Josh rapping the lower crux from an eyebolt.
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Andy oozes down a worn out staircase. In its current state this section is low 5th class near the bottom.
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Battle scars & beers, Visitor Center parking lot :)