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Zion National Park,Angels Landing Summit,Utah

known earlier as the Temple of Aeolus, is a 1,488-foot tall rock formation in Zion National Park

Zion National Park,Angels Landing Summit,Utah
FORDF250HDXLT, Apr 10, 2017
      Human habitation of the area started about 8,000 years ago with small family groups of Native Americans; the semi-nomadic Basketmaker Anasazi (300 CE) stem from one of these groups. In turn, the Virgin Anasazi culture (500 CE) developed as the Basketmakers settled in permanent communities.[4] A different group, the Parowan Fremont, lived in the area as well. Both groups moved away by 1300 and were replaced by the Parrusits and several other Southern Paiute subtribes. Mormons came into the area in 1858 and settled there in the early 1860s. In 1909 the President of the United States, William Howard Taft, named the area a National Monument to protect the canyon, under the name of Mukuntuweap National Monument. In 1918, however, the acting director of the newly created National Park Service changed the park's name to Zion, the name used by the Mormons. According to historian Hal Rothman: "The name change played to a prevalent bias of the time. Many believed that Spanish and Indian names would deter visitors who, if they could not pronounce the name of a place, might not bother to visit it. The new name, Zion, had greater appeal to an ethnocentric audience."[5] The United States Congress established the monument as a National Park on November 19, 1919. The Kolob section was proclaimed a separate Zion National Monument in 1937, but was incorporated into the park in 1956.

      Zion National Park - Wikipedia

      Angels Landing, known earlier as the Temple of Aeolus,[1] is a 1,488-foot (454 m) tall rock formation[2] in Zion National Park in southern Utah. A trail, cut into solid rock in 1926, leads to the top of Angels Landing and provides a spectacular view of Zion Canyon.

      The trail to Angels Landing is 2.4 miles (3.9 km) long.[3] It begins at the Grotto drop off point on the park's shuttle system, which operates from early spring through late fall.[4] It roughly follows the path of the Virgin River for some time, slowly gaining elevation in sandy terrain. As the trail gets steeper and leaves behind the river, it becomes paved. After a series of steep switchbacks, the trail goes through the area between Angels Landing and the Zion Canyon that is a gradual ascent. Walter's Wiggles, a series of 21 steep switchbacks,[3] are the last hurdle before Scout Lookout. The wiggles are named after Walter Ruesch, who was the first superintendent for Zion National Park and constructed the switchbacks in 1926.[5]

      Scout Lookout is generally the turnaround point for those who are unwilling to make the final summit push to the top of Angels Landing. The last half-mile of the trail is strenuous and littered with sharp drop offs and narrow paths. Chains to grip are provided for portions of the last half-mile to the top at 5,790 feet (1,760 m).[3]

      According to the National Park Service, "The route to Angels Landing involves travel along a steep, narrow ridge with support chains anchored intermittently along the route. Footing can be slippery even when the rock is dry. Unevenly surfaced steps are cut into the rock with major cliff dropoffs adjacent. Keep off when it is wet, icy or thunderstorms are in the area. Plan to be off before dark. Younger children should skip this trail; older children must be closely supervised."[3] The National Park Service website officially recognizes five fatalities where suspicious activity was not involved along Angels Landing.[6]

      Angels Landing - Wikipedia

      What a rush! It actually amazed me that there wasn't a steel cable running up the whole way with safety harness requirements.It's really that hairy! It's really not a safe thing to free climb up there at all.I'll admit it's really pretty foolish.I don't regret it and would do it again in a heartbeat though! This one isn't for the faint of heart.

      Warning: Hiking angels landing is more than likely,technically insane.
      I'm not kidding.This is coming from an arborist.A person who climbs trees for a living.It would be like me climbing trees without a safety harness.Something I would never attempt.People have and will continue to die on this hike.There is absolutely no doubt in my mind about it.Don't be an idiot and try and take or let a kid go.It's not even safe for adults.
      The Angel's Landing hike in Zion National Park claimed its first death of the year Friday morning.
      John Marciano with Zion Nation National Park, said the man, believed to be around 45-years-old, was hiking alone.
      The climb offers breathtaking views and attracts crowds of hikers in the hundreds of thousands every year.
      Park authorities believe the hiker fell from one of the higher points on the trail.
      "[He] had a high visibility of trauma." Marciano said.
      He was discovered by a couple of hikers in the vicinity of refrigerator canyon and the West Rim.
      The trail was closed most of the morning Friday while crews hiked up and recovered the body. The cause of the fall has yet to be determined.
      With the attendance growing every year, Marciano stressed that visitors remember the park is nature and it can sometimes be unpredictable.
      "You need to be vigilant when you're on those trails and be safe. This is a great reminder of that." Marciano said.
      Park officials say this is the 15th death on Angels Landing since the trail opened.

      Man falls to his death on Angels Landing trail in Zion National Park
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