Gatekeeper Wall Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Line A is the Locksmith Dihedral Line B is the Gat...
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The Gatekeeper Wall
is the first formation lower than and east of The Watchman
. Although this wall is much lower than The Watchman
, it's much steeper. This mostly north-facing wall has good rock. The solitude makes this new area a great place to visit.
Start near the entrance of the Watchman campground. Take a left branching road. We started up the canyon where the NPS has their shuttle bus storage facility. Follow a pleasant drainage system for a while, to a short cliffband. Cut left along the steep hillside to a flat area above the cliffband. From here we traversed back to the right side of the drainage to begin a short, steep brushy section. Above here a grassy talus leads up and right to the base of the wall. Approach time is about 1 1/2 hours.
Weather station 2.7 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Featured Route For Gatekeeper Wall
Gatekeeper Crack 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
: Zion National Park
: Gatekeeper Wall
Ascend the clean, excellent crack system behind the pillar for 6 steep aid pitches to the top. There is a small bivy ledge (1 lying down) on top of pitch 4. We only placed 6 pins on this otherwise clean route, of which we highly recommend. Faster parties can do this route in a day.With a few more ascents, this route will certainly go hammerless....[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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