Ant Hall in Zion National Park, USA

On May 1, my new friend Eric and I hit ‘Moonlight Buttress’ in Zion National Park, Utah. Moonlight buttress is 400m high, with 10 long pitches of easy’ish aid-climbing.

We took provisions to spend one night on the wall, but going was slow.  We elected to suffer, spend a second night on the wall and top-out mid-morning of 3rd May.


Eric supervises the lift-off of a party ahead of us. They subsequently took a bad fall on pitch two and elected to bail, leaving us with the route to ourselves.



Eric jumaring (climbing) up the rope on pitch 1



Zion is stunningly beautiful. I spent an entire day in this river afterwards wading and photographing.


Desert Shield Zion

“Desert Shield’ opposite us. 5.11 / C3. If you look very closely there is a party on the upper quarter of the route



Aiding up pitch 3 – a bolt-ladder with an interesting hook move.
(A hook is a little talon that can claw into a tiny hold, too small to grip or insert proper anchors, but allows you to stand up and reach the next better anchor).



Home for the first night. Here we had a small ledge to sit and cook on.


Zion Valley

Sunset on ‘The Great White Throne’
Zion’s peaks are all of biblical proportion, and have names to match.


Zion Aid Climbing

Eric aids the long continuous crack line on the second morning.


Zion Valley

Zion Valley


Zion Aid

Pitch 6. Another splitter crack



Eric approaches what will be our free-hanging spot to sleep the night. Almost, but not quite at the top…


Zion top

Summit shot. These secluded summits with short hardy trees have a fantastic aura about them.
A father-daughter pair had been climbing ‘Lunar Eclipse’ on the same buttress as us, and we topped out together.



A swim and a nap by the river… Angel’s Landing inthe background.



Moonlight Buttress follows the straightest proudest line up this buttress. There is even a short river crossing through blue water from the narrows canyon to start with!


Desert Rose

Desert Rose.


gear found

On pitch 5, a precocious yellow jumar (rope ascender) devised to leave my harness while I was grovelling ineligantly up an offwidth chimney. He wasn’t seen or heard. My subsequent scavenging located the guilty party, as well as some booty to add to the collection, as well as quite a bit of junk. Included in the findings were a full water bottle (someone went thirsty!) and an old but intact can of food (someone went hungry!)
A few other items life a christmas bell and a small 2-way radio.

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9 Responses to Ant Hall in Zion National Park, USA

  1. Johann Lanz May 14, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    Awesome looking place. Awesome experience.

  2. Justin Lawson May 14, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    Very cool!!! Well done on the booty collection!!!

  3. Ray May 14, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Nice Ant. Maybe you could support this sort of lifestyle by selling second-hand gear at traffic-lights in the US…

  4. Ant May 14, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    Hey Justin and Riki thanks for blogging for me!

  5. Ricko May 14, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    the rock and setting looks freakin awesome!!

  6. Don May 15, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Well done! Looks cool.

  7. Sam May 15, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    Awesome Ant! You seem to be in the land of superior booty! Enjoy!

  8. Gosia May 16, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Cool pics Ant! Looks like you’re having a jol 🙂

  9. Brenda May 19, 2015 at 8:47 am #

    What a spectacular place! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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