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YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 140'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Conrad Anker
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Submitted By: Jason Nelson on Mar 3, 2003

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Namaste from below.

***** 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 >>>


If you've seen images of this, you need to hike in and climb it. It is one of the coolest desert sport routes I've done. Most of the holds are big and none of the moves are hard, but by the end, you're getting pumped. I think there might be a kneebar somewhere around mid-height to shake out.

Getting down from Huecos Rancheros and Namaste is a little tricky if you are leading and cleaning since you need two ropes and the routes are very steep.


14 bolts, anchors, and two ropes.


Namaste is the bolted line third-from-the-left. Look for the narrow band of huecos following a thin black streak in the steepest part of the wall

Photos of Namaste Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Mario Fonzo on Namaste, Kolob Canyon Zion.
Mario Fonzo on Namaste, Kolob Canyon Zion.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo: Tyler casey
Photo: Tyler casey
Rock Climbing Photo: The beautiful line. Its long, so hang on.
The beautiful line. Its long, so hang on.
Rock Climbing Photo: Namaste
Rock Climbing Photo: The start. Probably technically the hardest portio...
The start. Probably technically the hardest portio...
Rock Climbing Photo: Draws... (Nikon PL510)
Draws... (Nikon PL510)
Rock Climbing Photo: Last clip before the anchor.
Last clip before the anchor.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ferris Kilpatrick on the Namaste jug ladder.
Ferris Kilpatrick on the Namaste jug ladder.
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric Kozera on Namaste.
Eric Kozera on Namaste.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Miguel Barbosa
Photo by Miguel Barbosa
Rock Climbing Photo: At the top
At the top
Rock Climbing Photo: Pumped near the top of Namaste. Tough route for a ...
Pumped near the top of Namaste. Tough route for a ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Just topped out at the anchor bolts. Flippin' wild...
Just topped out at the anchor bolts. Flippin' wild...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking out, away from the route. you can see the ...
Looking out, away from the route. you can see the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up Namaste!  Photo by Miguel Barbosa
Starting up Namaste! Photo by Miguel Barbosa
Rock Climbing Photo: Namaste

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By jeffozozo
From: santa clara, utah
Sep 10, 2015
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

The red tag is NOT on namaste. It is on a project to the right of namaste.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 3, 2003

This route does look very cool although I've only done the route on the left (does this route have a name, anyone know?). One interesting fact is that you can't establish routes on this wall from above, it's smooth and overhanging. All these routes have been established by hanging off hooks to put the bolts in.
By Teleman
From: Steamboat Springs, CO
Apr 18, 2004
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

I onsighted this climb 11/03, and even though I think it is a spectacular sport route, and would like to accept the 12a rating, I just did't think it matached up with other 12's in the area (Zion or St. George). If you have good endurance and can hold on to 10b holds for 150 feet it is all yours.

P.S. the first bolted route to the left (10a/b)is a great warm up for either Hueco's or Namaste.
By Bill Bones
May 20, 2007

You can climb this route with one 70M rope.
By Gaar
From: Springdale / Zion UT / Moab
May 25, 2007
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a

Again as "HR" this would be a 11+ (c/d) and NO MORE, if it were anywhere on the east. Still one of the best sport climbs in the country!!!!!! ....Get on it, there is a sit down no hands rest about 9-10 bolts in, after the ladder section..

Also you can TR it with a 70m rope with about 2-3 feet on either end
By KipHenrie
From: Farmington, utah
Nov 19, 2007

make sure you get on the right route. namaste is the third from the left not the center one.

it goes from left to right. 10+, 12c, 12a, and a project. these climbs are other worldly, i feel very lucky to be in their presence.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Jun 26, 2009

Gaar, you're nuts. As most the moves are straight forward there are several reachy ones that take strength, reach and technique to pull off without hangin'. Pump factor is a legal element to bump the rating to .12. Furthermore, I highly doubt the .10+ leader could do this route clean. (myself included)

This route like it's easier neighbor 1/2 route is fantastic and worth doing over and over again.

Shady, quiet and perfect temps late June '09 (and not a single mosquito)
By Peter Winter
Dec 27, 2009

Super fun, we both figured 11d. Lots of good rests, plus a no-hands to get it all back.
By skinny legs and all
From: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Mar 21, 2010

Try greeting the next single Indian girl you meet with the phrase "Namaste", and it may earn you you a few bonus points!
By Jacques Lepesant
Apr 9, 2010

12a matter. What's important: Namaste is THE line to do!!
did the route on 4/3/2010... still lots of snow on the approach in the canyon, but very nice.
one of the very best sportclimbs I ever did.
By Kevin Volkening
May 25, 2011

Thanks Conrad! These lines are truly special climbs, above the realm of grades... There are 4 complete bolt lines plus the unfinished route on the right. I hope to see further development of other lines on this wall, room for several others!
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Oct 3, 2011

My new favorite sport route. Jugs, jugs,jugs. Some of the most beautiful climbing anywhere. The whole experience up there is 2nd to none. Would love to chalk this one up as 12a but its not. Soft. Super straight forward and 2 no hands rests make it an easy 12a tick. Magnifico!
By Mark Lewis
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan 22, 2013

I'm confused some on the length of the climb. If it's 140 feet that means it's 43m. One would need an 86 meter rope to do it with a single. Some of you said you did it on a 70m line, that's a difference of 16m or 53 feet. Even with extensive rope stretch a 70m line won't stretch 16 meters. What am I missing? What is the actual length of the climb?

If a 70 meter line works that would mean the climb is no higher than 115 feet, not 140 feet.
By J tot
From: Tempe, AZ
Jan 23, 2013


I haven't been out to this area, but have been looking at it... a lot. If they climb 140 feet but can still lower to the ground with a 70m (230') rope. That means the climber is only 90' off that ground at the anchors and 110' away from the base of the climb when they start. Which would make this climb ~50 degrees overhung.

I sincerely hope so!
By dave blackburn
From: las vegas
May 23, 2013

I climbed this with a 70m last fall as well as the 10 and 11's.
By Pat Mac
From: Tempe
May 29, 2013
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

70m works. At the very worst the belayer can climb up to the first bolt.
By Omar Little
Jun 1, 2013

What is the sun/shade like on the routes here in the summer? I'll be in Zion in early July and am hoping to take a day to check out Namaste and HR.

By Landon McBrayer
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 16, 2013

We used a 70m and had plenty to spare after lowering.
By J.T.R.
Nov 14, 2013

These routes do not get any sun. Even in the summer. It'll be cold for sure in December. If there is not a lot of snow it'll still be accessible, just bring hand warmers and a hot beverage.
By benjaminleaton
From: Sandy, UT
Nov 29, 2013

I'm curious to know how many of us have accidentally climbed Dost Mitra instead of Namaste. Maybe that is why everyone thinks that Namaste should be down-graded. Dost Mitra is a 5.11 and it is between Huecos Rancheros and Namaste, the third route from the left.
By jarthur
From: Westminster, CO
Dec 20, 2013

I don't understand why anyone would try to downrate a classic line like this. When we did this route a few years ago the LAST thing on our mind was the grade. If you want to spend the time downgrading routes head down to St George and downgrade every single line on the Chuckwalla until you're blue in the face. I want to feel honest about the routes I've done just as much as the next person, but no one is getting paid to send this thing so enjoy the experience and forget about whether, or not it's 11c or 12a. This route would be classic no matter where it existed in the country.
By D-Storm
Feb 12, 2014

Jarthur, it seems no one is debating how good it is, just the grade, and the importance of it is this: As a classic route that stands out, it will be climbed by a lot of different people, thereby becoming a benchmark for the grade by default. More and more climbers may very well say, "Namaste is 12a, and this is other route is harder, so ..." and that is how grades continue to inflate. Let's enjoy quality routes, for sure, but also be honest about our opinions on difficulty. I haven't touched the climb, so I don't get the slightest vote in this case, but every one who does gets a vote, and I encourage all of us to be honest so that there may be a true consensus and benchmark for aspiring 5.12 climbers to measure themselves against.
By Mort
Mar 29, 2014
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Just got back from climbing Namaste. It is NOT 140'. My 70m rope worked; same for the group before me. It may be slightly over 115' because the wildly overhanging wall forms the hypotenuse, whereas you lower straight down, probably 35 or 40' from the start (and slightly higher). I cleaned it while lowering, but then climbed back up to the 3rd bolt before cutting loose - and still hit a few thin trees. 11d, or one of the easiest 12a's I've ever done. Got more pumped on Dost Mitra.
By Leif E
May 4, 2014
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

I would definitely feel comfortable calling this route 12a, also definitely an awesome route! also one of the best and safest routes to take a "victory whipper" on... here's a video of some of our falls on these awesome, long, over hung routes.
By Rob Warden, Space Lizard
From: Springdale Ut
Nov 23, 2014

the video from that last post made my eyes bleed from all the bro in it
By Jake Croft
From: Tucson, Az
Mar 30, 2015

If I remember correctly these routes are on the right, not the left side as walking down the canyon in the description (although it was awhile ago i was there). Its' super obvious when you get there anyways, I just remember being a little surprised when it appeared on the wrong side. Amazing and unique route, a must do! see how many creative rests you can get as you start to get pumped
By jeffozozo
From: santa clara, utah
Apr 25, 2015
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Breathtaking. In my opinion, this climb is more about mental stamina than physical stamina. There are plenty of places to rest, but when you are sitting in "the pod," 80 feet off the deck and you still have 10 more clips to go, and you can't see the chains, you really find out where your head is.
By Steven Lucarelli
From: Moab, UT
Oct 14, 2015
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

What an outstanding route but 12a...? If you can climb an overhanging ladder then you can climb this route. Most 11a's in Rifle are harder than this.
By Mr. Stevens
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 17, 2015
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Yea, and in the Gunks it'd be 5.6...maybe 5.6+
By Ferisimo
From: San Diego, California
Nov 8, 2015
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Namaste is a good route. There is no surprise that a route with overhanging bucket-like jugs for 30+ meters is going to become an instant classic. However, I feel like Dost Mitra really got cheated out by Namaste for the area classic. In my opinion, Dost Mitra has way more thought-provoking movement whereas Namaste is kinda a "mindless" jug ladder after the first few bolts. Both routes are great, don't get me wrong. I've just talked with too many climbers that come home from Kolob saying, "yeah it was great, we did Namaste!!!" when they really missed the true gem! ;)

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