Peak(s):  Moonlight Buttress, UT - 5,000 feet
The Happy Turk, UT - 5,000 feet
Date Posted:  05/30/2011
Modified:  02/20/2014
Date Climbed:   05/27/2011
Author:  Brian C
Additional Members:   Winter8000m
 Learning and loving it!  

This is a little different from alot of the stuff posted on here but I thought a few folks might find it interesting. Many times it is important to remember that the journey and preparation to a route can be as culminating as the climb itself. Success is not always the most important thing. Failure can be a tremendous accomplishment and help us to learn so much. Noah (winter8000) and I decided that it was time to try our hand at big wall climbing. We both had aid experience and thought the massive walls in Zion would be a perfect place to try something big. This is taken from my site.

Moonlight Buttress - Zion N.P., UT (attempt 5.9 C1+)
The Happy Turk - Kane Creek, UT (C0)

May 27-28, 2011

Noah and I started off the summer with a trip to Zion to attempt the classic Moonlight Buttress. Stuck with a raging river, we were forced to trudge in the long way. We fixed the first 400 feet on the first day and hiked back out. When we returned first thing in the morning we got stuck behind another party making completing the route in daylight impossible. Also, the temps on the rock were close to 100 degrees and we were cooking like eggs in a pan. We'll be back in cooler weather to finish this BEAUTIFUL route.

Then we drove down to Kane Creek and climbed the classy Happy Turk and finished with a minor summit of Shelbyville in the dark. After some late-night dining with the strange crowds in the Moab diner, we camped in Fisher Towers hoping for Ancient Art. Winds howled all night long and made our climb impossible. The winds seemed to blow us all the way to home. The desert never disappoints!

Here is a video I made of the trip and several photos.

Moonlight Buttress

Zion is beautiful

Too heavy!

Climbers on P2 of Touchstone

P1 of Moonlight 5.9

P2 of Moonlight 5.10c

P3 of Moonlight 5.9 C1


Rapping the Happy Turk

Happy climbers on the Happy Turk

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Awesome Fellas!!!
05/31/2011 04:46
Great work, suck about the Butt, next time for sure!


06/02/2011 14:57
Looks like a super time. Way to expand your horizons! One of my favorite places. Like to climb there some day too!


”failure can be tremendous accomplishment&rd
06/01/2011 06:30
Don't I know it. And it makes success sweeter when it comes.

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