This time, we chose the left side of Zoo Wall and we were not disappointed. Left Zoo Wall is a nice moderate area with routes from 5.5 to 5.9. Since my lead ability is about 5.8, this area is perfect for leading a route or two, then setting up a top-rope for some of the harder stuff. My favorite route of Left Zoo Wall is the Sundown Dihedral (5.8). It is a little hard to protect on lead, but the moves are sweet and the holds are always there when you need one.
We were the only ones on the wall that day which was nice. But after a while, we could hear the voices and shouts of other climbers and day hikers as they also enjoyed the Narrows. As the sun started down, we headed back to the Grand Cherokee, sore and scraped, but happy about our successful climbing day.
I invite all of you to head down to the Wildlife Refuge the next time you’re in the area. Bring your rack, fishing pole, and binoculars, and spend the weekend. You won’t be disappointed.
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