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Zion National Park

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Angels Landing Hike
Zion National Park, Utah
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Katie Lambert Free Climbs Moonlight Buttress in Zion
Dwarfed by Nature
Angels Landing Hike
Zion National Park, Utah
Top of Angels Landing
Katie Lambert Free Climbs Moonlight Buttress in Zion
Dwarfed by Nature
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We took the shuttle through Zion National Park early in the morning to hike the Narrows before Disneyland-like crowds descended upon the famed Utah canyon. The route required wading through waste-deep water and scrambling over submerged and exposed rocks (waterproof shoes with good tread and a walking stick come in handy). The gorge stretches for miles, so the hike is more about admiring the marbleized canyon walls than reaching an end destination. Here, we stopped to look around and realized our place in nature.
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Angels Landing Hike
this hike is the perfect morning trek...not too long or strenuous (around 5 miles) but climbing up the steep trail with railings (pictured behind me) is both exhilarating and fun! a must-do in zion. incredible views of the valley from the top.
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Zion National Park, Utah
Zion is such gem in the national park system. only a few hours drive from Las Vegas and worlds away from civilization. amazing hikes and slot canyons bathed in red Rock glow of Navajo sandstone. few campgrounds in park which get pretty crowded in Summer and the lodge is great with a huge grass meadow in front to laze around, sip beautiful coffee. the small town just outside of park entrance is Springdale. it had plenty of hotels and great restaurants/bars/galleries and adventure outfitters to gear your adventure up. also a shuttle will take you in and out of park for free, running all day long. a cool hike is Angels Landing which takes you far up above the valley. bring plenty of water and hat/sunscreen as its a long day. be careful in winter as the top section can be icy and trail is narrow. another great adventure is hiking up Narrows. this is a walk up the main river through steep walled canyons. beautiful scenery and escape from the works. be very mindful of weather and rangers' warnings of flash floods. you don't want to be in narrows in a flood so know the weather and when rain is in forecast. rainfall 20 miles away will send flash flood very fast into Zion... be safe and enjoy this beautiful park!
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Top of Angels Landing
Zion was an amazing place to hike. This photo was taken at the top of the Angel's Landing Hike
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Katie Lambert Free Climbs Moonlight Buttress in Zion
The 1,200-foot sandstone formation known the climbing world over as Moonlight Buttress stood proud in the sun’s radiant light. For many, this wall is a first; it wouldn't be a first for me, but it would be a sort of milestone in my climbing career. Every big wall free climber I know has either ticked this iconic line or it's on their list. It had been entered into my queue some years back when Kate Rutherford and Madaleine Sorkin made the first all-female free ascent. I had not long ago moved from the South to California and I was still cutting my teeth on the granite in Yosemite.

As the years progressed, so too did my climbing experiences and my knowledge of how to manage these bigger stones. Each partnership had taught me something different, and it became more and more evident to me that climbing partnerships took on a deeper meaning than just “someone willing to belay you.” They were relationships: I relied on my partners to be on time, to be positive, to be supportive, to be patient, to be willing to let me make mistakes and figure them out, to belay just so, and on and on. And I felt I was expected to do the same. There had been a lot of talk with different people about possibly teaming up for this wall, but in the end my real dream was to do it with another female, all free.
-Katie Lambert

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