DestinationZion / Aires Butte
|Climbing|| ||1 Day 10 Hrs 30 Mns || |
|1,050 ft AEG|| || || |
Led by Sheep is the name of the route we took on Aires Butte. The mountain is a 1050 ft hunk of sandstone just outside of the park.
It is rated a 5.7 climb of 600 ft, 4 pitches plus an unroped short scramble to the very top. We found one blown out bolt and one loose bolt.
The alarm was set for 3:30am so we could have a cup of coffee before beginning the day. Broke down camp, packed up the car, drove to the parking area, geared up and started moving by 5:30am. It was a very difficult route to locate. We probably spent 1.5 hours wandering the area trying to find any indication of a bolt or the start. I think we were on top by 11am. We did run into the herd of sheep that this route is named after. The last of our climb water was boiling by noon. Reaching our packs at the base of the climb was a good thing and my water there was still tolerable. The hike out was excessively hot but all downhill. The views were more amazing than promised, it was certainly a gift of a day!