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Fun, right-facing corner with great gear. Stem, layback, jam your way up to a crux move as the corner leans right. The corner pinches at this point for a move and then there is a great jam, pull around a small bulge on excellent holds and you are home free.
To reach Zanzibar, climb either Ski Pole or Two Ears (recommended) to the large ledge at the base of the dihedral (60m rope).
Two Ears (5.7) starts right behind a large pine tree at the base and works up broken rock to a series of cracks (2 pins) and veers up and right after about 90 feet. Find the big ledge and Zanzibar is right above you.
Walk off to the west, somewhat steep and loose. After descending for a couple of hundred feet, keep an eye out for a small trail up through broken rock on your left. Go up and over a small shoulder and you will see your packs down by the big pine. You will pass beneath a couple of sport routes, including Nickels and Dimes, 8 bolts, 10c.
Small to medium cams, medium nuts, one big Camalot #3 or #3.5 works up high. There are two bolts at the top, but they are for routes to the right and would leave you in a semi-hanging stance. Better to build your anchor on top and find a comfortable seat for the belay.
Top of 2 pitch climb on Zanzibar Dihedral! Great c...
Another fine trip to Zanzibar.
Zanzibar Dihedral overhead.
Brenda makes the long rappel from the Zanzibar Dih...
Getting enduro through the crux.
|Comments on Zanzibar Dihedral
|By Jay Knower|
From: Plymouth, NH
Aug 6, 2007
This is one of the best 5.8 pitches I have ever done. It's never desperate, but always thought-provoking, and the techniques required are varied. Laybacks, finger jams, slab moves, mantles...this pitch has it all.
From: Sugarhouse , Utah
Sep 14, 2007
Too Much Fun! Definitely a classic! Good thing there is a 30 min hike up the boulder field or this climb would be way to popular.
|By Jeff Stephens|
From: Carbondale, CO
Sep 10, 2008
Rapping the route, and then down Two Ears, will minimize erosion on that crappy descent path. I think it's preferable, unless of course there are parties on the routes. I saw a small but hardy squirrel run down the crux headfirst.
This dihedral is the best continuous feature, and features more hand jams, than any other on Independence Pass.
Jul 13, 2009
Standing at the tree at the start of Two Ears, remember that sloping ramp to your left. As you walk off, the object is getting back on that ramp if I'm not mistaken. We went too far down and didn't find that shoulder to the left and went down a loose scree gully which deposited us below the ramp.
My outdoor educator partner couldn't help but correct me when we were looking for the start of Two Ears. The tree is a Douglas fir. It's the one closest to the rock with a broken face with tufts of grass growing out of it.
|By Lynn S|
Jul 16, 2010
I placed a new anchor bolt to the left of the leftmost Metolius, it is still a semi-hanging stance but easier to reach for the leader. There is chain connecting the anchor so now it is easy to rig the rap, better pull than before also.
A new rap anchor is in place for the second rap down to the ground (top of Two Ears). You need two ropes for both raps.
Hardware courtesy of ASCA.
|By Rich F.|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 9, 2011
This is a great climb -- especially if you like doing laybacks! The anchors at the top are well placed and in great shape. We rapped from the ZD anchors with two ropes, then rapped again with two ropes from the Two Ears anchors. Two very long rappels. I would probably have given this climb 4 stars, but I really detested the approach up that huge talus field :-)
Feb 1, 2012
Yes, you want to do this climb.
|By S Denny|
From: Carbondale, CO
Jul 12, 2012
You can rap Zanzibar with a Sterling 80m rope to the ledge (perfectly), step around to the other anchors and rap Two Ears with ~5ft of downclimbing on good jugs to the tree. Long ropes rule!
Also the approach trail is between sites 4 and 6. Have fun!