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Zion Top-Rope Rock Climbing Course

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Zion National Park and the surrounding Southern Utah and St. George areas comprise a diverse rock climbing mecca.  Thousands of climbs at varying locations provide amazing year round rock climbing of all styles, lengths, and difficulties.  It is a perfect place to take a rock climbing course and build upon your skills and experience. At Zion Mountain School we provide a range of instructional rock climbing courses that are suited for climbers of all levels and abilities.

Christine and her son Brian came to Zion to take our Top Rope Rock Climbing Course.

Getting ready to climb. Click to enlarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine and Brian has some experience rock climbing in a gym and some climbing outdoors.  They were interested in learning the skills needed to safely climb on their own outside.

 

 

 

Brian getting belayed by mom. click to enlarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This two day course is for the climber with basic climbing and belaying skills looking to learn the skills needed to safely top rope climb

 

 

 

Throwing the rappel rope. Click to enlarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian and Christine got lots of experience setting up anchors on climbing routes and then getting climb on them.

 

 

 

Putting their heads together. Click to enalrge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We visit different climbing sites in the area for more variety and hands on learning opportunities.  This course gives you the opportunity to get a lot of practice and experience under the guidance of a professional instructor.

 

 

 

Rappelling down to climb. Click to enlarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the top rope course Brian took our 2 day Lead Climbing Course and then visited some of the local rock climbing areas to climb with his mom.

 

 

 

Enjoying a fun climb. Click to enlarge

 

Zion Cliff Closure Update

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Some cliffs that have been closed due to peregrine falcon nesting have been reopened.  As of 04/26/11 the East Temple, Mt Spry, Cable Mountain, and the Great White Throne have been reopened.  Due to active nesting sites Angels Landing, Mt Issac, Mt Kinesava, Mountain of the Sun, North Twin, Middle Fork of Taylor Creek, and Tunnel West area which included all routes west of the tunnel entrance including the Kung Fu amphitheatre.  The confluence, cragmont, and routes on Ataxia tower are not affected.  More information can be found here on the NPS website. The cliffs with active nesting sites will remained closed until sometime in June.

Visit Zion free for National Park Week: April 16-24

Friday, April 1st, 2011

A rainbow over the Watchman

The week of April 16th thru the 22nd is National Park Week.  During this week all entrance fees to the park are waived to encourage people to get out and explore their National Parks.  This was an idea spearheaded by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to help promote access to our beautiful parks, “Americas Best Idea”.  The fee  free days apply to all National Parks and National Monuments.  This is a great deal for people visiting the Zion area and wanting to see other parks nearby like Bryce Canyon or Grand Canyon.  Many of the parks are having special events and volunteer opportunities to get further involved.

To help show our support and gratitude for the National Parks System Zion Mountain School is offering a 10% discount on all guided trips and instructional courses during National Park Week.  It is a great chance to visit Zion and try something new like canyoneering, rock climbing, or a mountain biking trip.  Just mention this post when call to book or enter the coupon code “npweek” into our online booking system.