OK - Lady Mtn, 6945'. Route starts after you cross the bridge near Zion Lodge. Ascend Middle Emerald Pool trail for a little ways, then cut sharply uphill and go for it.
What golden eagles see as they soar over Zion Canyon, looking north.
Can you see Lady Mtn near the center, towering above the west bank?
It can't possibly go, but we'll just start anyway.
From near the bridge (4250'): the summit is the high bump on the right.
Yeah - piece of cake.
Joel and I set off at 11:00.
For detailed info check out Tom Jones' terrific website:
Bo here. He and Randi had the same goal in mind as Joel and I - so we joined forces.
Lucky for them (and very lucky for us).
Remnants of the original trail markers. Starting back in the 1920s (long before the Angels Landing Trail was built) this was The Zion Hike. It was closed in the late '60s as too hazardous and the cables were removed.
Guess they had yellow groups and red groups?
The route is now generally labeled 5.6 (in one or two spots). It's mostly 3rd class with a LOT of 4th. Most climbers carry a short rope, and most of them use it!
Note Moki steps in the rock wall.
Bo and Randi - great climbers and excellent companions for us.
Gnarly Bill here (taken by Joel - both our photos are combined in this gallery).
Just keep climbing.
Aha, the infamous chimney crack - there is no easier way.
Bo led it, then used the eyebolt anchor to belay the team.
Right - that would be Gnarly Joel.
Weather often looked threatening, but better to do the climb on a cool day than a hot one.
Bivy site - just in case.
Bent anchor, which supported the old cables in various sections.