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Island In The Sky is an intricate route for seasoned climbers and canyoneers with some climbing experience.
This is a route that had eluded me a few times due to lack of permit availability, but when I finally visited in 2016, it did not disappoint! The route contains many sections of exposed easy 5th class climbing, with a short crux or two maybe as difficult as 5.6.
Belaying the entire route would be painfully slow; everyone in your group should have a fair amount of confidence climbing lower 5th class without a rope.
In addition to the fun climbing, the route offers route finding challenges that can delight, confuse, and downright frustrate even the most seasoned desert rat at times.
I found the route finding about as challenging and fun as spending a day in the Fiery Furnace in Arches.
If you are up for the challenge, Island In The Sky makes for a very memorable and rewarding day out and is highly recommended.