Beta Guide: Lady Mountain

Lady Mountain Lady Mountain Lady Mountain is one of the highest points inside the main canyon of Zion National Park. A stunning monolith from the valley below, it would seem that there is no way one could piece together a route up the peak that is relatively easy. Yet that is exactly …

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Beta Guide: Ahab Peak

Ahab Peak

Ahab Peak Ahab Peak Ahab Peak is the tallest of the numerous peaks within Snow Canyon State Park in Ivins, Utah (as opposed to being part of the rim of the canyon or part of the Red Mountain plateau.) Making up the central portion of the peaks in Snow Canyon, Ahab Peak …

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Beta Guide: Red Mountain – Kayenta Crack

Kayenta Crack

Kayenta Crack Kayenta Crack Red Mountain is a massive uplift in southern Utah that dominates the area north of Ivins with towering red cliffs, deep canyons and jagged peaks. Red Mountain is not exactly a mountain in the typical sense. It is more than anything a huge plateau or mesa. When …

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Beta Guide: Tempi’ Po’op Trail

Tempi' Po'op

Tempi’ Po’op Tempi’ Po’op The Tempi’ Po’op (pronounced Tempee-Poe-Ope and means rock writing) trail in Santa Clara is one of the premier petroglyph sites in southwest Utah. With a well-graded trail of a moderate length, stunning views to Red Mountain and the Santa Clara river, plus dozens of wonderful rock carvings, this is a …

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Beta Guide: Red Whale Peak

Red Whale Peak

  Red Whale Peak Red Whale Peak Note: After writing this post I learned this also might be called (the route) “Stairway to Heaven.” Red Whale Peak is a spectacular route up a tall peak connected to the rim of the Red Mountain mesa (as I have been tending to do, this is …

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Beta Guide: The Beehive

The Beehive The Beehive is an obscure peak located in the depths of Squirrel Canyon near Hildale, Utah (home of the polygamous sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Despite its obscurity, this peak is a fantastic, challenging summit with several third/fourth class steps, routefinding difficulties and …

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My own personal mountain: Issue #9 — North Guardian Angel

I have often struggled with fear, a lot of which is a direct result from anxiety. As a climber, this can be a major issue, and it has held me back from accomplishing many of the goals I have set for myself. I have failed on numerous big peaks because …

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Book Reviews: Rock Climbs of Southwest Utah & The Arizona Strip

Rock Climbs of Southwest Utah & The Arizona Strip

Title: Rock Climbs of Southwest Utah & The Arizona Strip, third edition Author: Todd Goss Pages: 352 Price: $35.00 Rating: 5 stars The long-awaited, highly-anticipated 3rd edition of Todd Goss’s “Rock Climbs of Southwest Utah & The Arizona Strip” came out in the spring of 2015, and it was definitely …

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Places to go: The Desert Rat

Name: The Desert Rat Type: Outdoor Retail Location: 468 West St. George Boulevard Details: All hail the Desert Rat! Okay, full disclosure — I used to work here, I loved working here and I have an undying loyalty to Bo, Dave and all the employees. I am shamelessly biased. But …

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