Ascent of Angels Landing on 2017-08-07

Climber: Joseph Hirniak

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, August 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Angels Landing
    Elevation:5790 ft / 1764 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left hotel at 0534 hr. on foot and arrived pre-dawn at Visitor's Center at 0547 hr. Caught first shuttle from Visitor Center at 0600 hr. and was deposited at trailhead (West Rim bridge) by 0622 hr. Light rain started falling after about 10 minutes and lasted for about that long. Summitted at 0738 hr. and was back down at bridge by 0900 hr. Spectacular hike! My wife climbed Angels Landing the day before and we had the same set of experiences: both of us arrived in the predawn hours to catch the shuttle and were met with long lines. The other shared experience that we encountered was at Scout Lookout where we overheard hiking parties thinking they were at the top (as if willing and hoping they didn't have to go farther - after all Scout Lookout is an impressive view preceded by an equally impressive hike up the 22 or so switchbacks). In my case I decided to avail the news (bad or good depending upon who was listening) that the trail continued up the spiny and exposed ridge to the hard right (south). For the uninitiated it's only at Scout Lookout where the real fun begins - throngs of people and dizzying exposure. Get there early for this classic thriller (especially in peak season).
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Angels Landing from Scout Lookout. (2017-08-07). Photo by Joseph Hirniak.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1488 ft / 453 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:West Rim Trail
    Trailhead:Stop 6 (The Grotto) Zion Shuttle  4302 ft / 1311 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
drizzle then clearing
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes

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