coldclimb aiding in Zion NP
On our road trip we knew we would be right suckers if we skipped Zion. What an incredible place! We felt we didn't have the proper equipment (double ledge) for Prodigal Sun and so we chose a different route in Touchstone Wall. We started on the route at 9:30am in the blazing sun and were out of water by 3pm. The temperatures had reached 100 degrees that day and boy was it hot. We kept climbing through our dehydration and ate our only bit of food, a small grilled chicken sandwitch at about 4pm. We finally topped out on the route at 7:45pm or so and caught the last bit of sunset on the summit. We rapped down the route in the dark finally touching the ground again at 9pm. A good 11 and a half hours after we had started. We stumbled the the bus station where we were called Hero's by some nice tourists who gave us some water. To me they were the Hero's as I don't think I have ever been so thirsty in my life! Everyone keeps telling us that Touchstone would be a funace at this time of the year, but what the heck do they know.
|Photo Location:||North_America: United_States: Utah: St__George: Zion_National_Park: Cerebrus_Gendarme|
|Route:||Touchstone Wall III 5.9 C1 (or 5.12) - A1|