New Hard Route in Zion!
The team of Mike Anderson and Rob Pizem established another hard free route in Zion National Park this February. The new line is located on Mt. Kinesava and is named Shake That Bear (5.12 R). The routes begins with difficult corners and sporty face climbing that leads to a ledge about 400ft up. Above the ledge, lies the crux 5.12+ pitch, followed by another pitch of 5.12- face climbing. This difficult section leads to the upper headwall which is split by a nice crack. The upper headwall is guarded by two difficult pitches of 5.12 offwidth and chimney that lead through a 20ft roof.
Over the past three years, the dynamic duo of Anderson and Pizem, have established a number of difficult new free routes and first free ascents. With ascents of routes such as Golden Years (5.12+) and Thunderbird Wall (5.13a R), the team has established themselves as the most prolific free-climbing team Zion has seen in recent years.