97 Photos - Nov 26, 2012
Photo: East facing sunrise on day 0, while climbing Moqui PeakPhoto: Ed Forkos on the approach of Moqui PeakPhoto: Luba Leef squeezing through a narrow section climbing Moqui PeakPhoto: An arch just below the summit of Moqui PeakPhoto: View from the summit block of Moqui PeakPhoto: Dominic beginning the approach to Church MesaPhoto: Photo: Photo: There's supposedly a low 5th class route up this prow.  But due to remoteness and lack of protection, no one wanted to take a shot at it (after much deliberation).Photo: Dropping into Phantom Valley, approaching Church Mesa.Photo: Photo: View from the north ridge of the Church Mesa approachPhoto: Looking north into Phantom ValleyPhoto: CP finds a summit register!Photo: Photo: Close view of the summit register, an old Prince Albert tobacco can.Photo: Photo: Photo: Looking towards Zion Canyon across a mesa surrounded by deeeeeep canyons.Photo: Starting back down Church Mesa.Photo: Sarah and Dom relaxing next to a pothole in Phantom Valley.Photo: View from Sarah's Sidewalk across towards "Emerald Peak" (hidden).Photo: Looking back toward the peak that CP tried to climb (middle).Photo: Returning on Sarah's Sidewalk.Photo: Better view to "Emerald Peak"Photo: Wild looking hoodoo-land.Photo: Returning to camp across the slickrockPhoto: Photo: Camp at the potholePhoto: The endless task of pumping water (and cleaning sand from the filter)Photo: Photo: AA spotting DB up a short climb on Lady MountainPhoto: Photo: Zion Lodge getting smaller and smallerPhoto: Setting up to climb a short chimney (left).Photo: Photo: A short little climb of a crack and steps.Photo: Most of the way up Lady Mountain's improbable route.Photo: Summit of Lady MountainPhoto: Photo: Zion Lodge far, far below the Lady Mountain summitPhoto: View west from Lady Mountain towards Church Mesa et al.Photo: Where's Waldo (i.e. spot the second summit party)Photo: Lady Mountain summit block from just belowPhoto: The descentPhoto: Working our way down the switchbacksPhoto: Luba takes a break in the sandstonePhoto: Old rebar supports for the former NPS-sanctioned "trail" up the mountainPhoto: CP downclimbing the chimneyPhoto: Photo: Maneuvering the exposed step acrossPhoto: Ed and Luba on the descentPhoto: Photo: Downclimbing the NPS moqui stepsPhoto: Looking back up at Lady Mountain from the parking lotPhoto: Descending into the Subway on our way to the "elkhorn peaks"Photo: Still freezing in the washesPhoto: Morning sunrise on Sorth Guardian AngelPhoto: Bryan and CP at our first short snack breakPhoto: South Guardian Angel againPhoto: What a find!Photo: But kinda dangerous...Photo: Photo: CP agrees to lug the antlers to the next peakPhoto: And we're offPhoto: Photo: More antler shenanegansPhoto: Almost done carrying the antlersPhoto: Antlers for the win!Photo: View from "elkhorn peak"Photo: View from "elkhorn peak"Photo: View towards Ivins Mountain and "Emerald Peak" from "elkhorn peak"Photo: Descending the slabsPhoto: Descending the slabsPhoto: A mushroom rockPhoto: Working our way up to Guardian PassPhoto: GIANT (for this bioregion) Ponderosa PinesPhoto: Descending into the SubwayPhoto: Crossing the SubwayPhoto: A little check damPhoto: Photo: Lamb's Knoll in the distancePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Me on the summit of Cave KnollPhoto: Cave Knoll summitPhoto: Photo: A very twisted treePhoto: A very twisted treePhoto: CP inside the cavePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: