Friday Flick: First Ascent in Zion National Park

David Lama and Conrad Anker have climbed the first ascent of Latent Core in Zion National Park, Utah.

They completed the route on the towering Temple of Sinawava wall during four days of climbing.


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The route held significant meaning for Anker, 52, who began it a quarter-century ago with Doug Heinrich but failed to complete. During the ascent, he was able to remove the frayed rope he left hanging on the wall in the early ’90s. Check out ace photog James Q Martin’s Gallery of the 2015 first ascent.

David Lama – born in 1990 to an Austrian mother and Nepalese father – was keen to put up a new route in Zion.

“When we arrived, Conrad proposed we should try to on-sight the Moonlight Buttress,” Lama told Red Bull. “But for me, that was not as tempting as putting up a new line.

“At the entrance to the narrows of Zion Canyon there is, on the left side there’s this really impressive wall, it’s steep and has a waterfall on the right side.”


Latent Core. Photo by James Q Martin/Red Bull Content Pool.
Latent Core. Photo by James Q Martin/Red Bull Content Pool.

”The thing that is really outstanding when talking about Conrad is how he still has so much joy when he’s climbing. I hope that I will always enjoy climbing as much as he does,” he added.

Check out James Q Martin’s work in our upcoming 2015/2016 Mountain Life Annual, released July 23.