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Ascent of Angels Landing on 2015-05-10

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina
Date:Sunday, May 10, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Angels Landing
    Location:USA-Utah
    Elevation:5790 ft / 1764 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road up to the Grotto trailhead was closed for cars, but we were able to take the free bus up from the historical center. We road in a bus trailer, which was a first for us. The Grotto seemed to be the most popular place to get off the bus, and as we found out, this hike is one of the most popular hikes in any US National Park! The trail at first was sandy, but once it got on the pitch it became concrete which we were bummed about. Maybe it's the best way to get up these cliffs, but we'd prefer to hike on rock and not to walk on a steep sidewalk. We passed many people huffing and puffing. It was rather hot (near 80F) despite us waking up to freezing temperatures in Dixie NF this morning. The canyon between the two switchback sections allowed for good echo calls. Once up to the saddle we found pit toilets and could see over one hundred people resting or hiking! We made our way over to the chained route that goes to the top. There are two saddles along the sharp ridge that cause elevation loss and in many places the trail was only wide enough for one hiker at a time. We had to wait our turn often as up to 30 hikers went by us going the other way. I made a point of not using the chains as I wanted to keep the ascent as natural as I could (despite the bottom half). This was not very hard and I was only a little slower than everyone else, hindered also by my overly cautious hiking style. In some places steps were carved into the rock which made flat sloping rocks more hospitable. Once at the top we found over fifty people lounging, but no one was on the highest knob which is a neat feature that proudly serves as a pedestal for this accomplishment. We did look around, but the crowd was not our style and so we left quickly. There was a tiger swallow butterfly that flew through the hordes and funnily enough it seemed that we were the only two to notice. We were quicker on the way back, despite once again having to wait in a number of places for hikers ascending.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1892 ft / 575 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:West Rim Trail
    Trailhead:Grotto Picnic Area  4298 ft / 1310 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes



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