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Checkerboard Mesa Rock Climbing 

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Checkerboard Mesa's Wheat Chex. Follow the most co...

***** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** The sandstone in Zion is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN ZION during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. Seasonal Raptor Closures MORE INFO >>>


The obvious crack-covered buttress just west of the entrance station.

Getting There 

Approach time: 1 minute. Descend the gully on the left.

Climbing Season

For the East Side area.

Weather station 4.6 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Follow the long crack!

Wheat Chex 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13  UT : Zion National Park : ... : Checkerboard Mesa
Adventure, runout, friction climbing on petrified sand dune! Much of the climbing consists of wild run outs above questionable pro on generally good but sandy, soft rock. A lot of fragile organic material grows out of the crack.This route follows the long, mostly flaring crack that starts wide at the base and tightens as it continues to within about 60 feet of the summit. It is obvious as there are no other cracks that continue this high. Approach from three-car pullout is 90 seconds.The crux o...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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