[This is part of my vanlife series. I've spent 7 months and 25kmiles on the road in 2 years, exploring and rock climbing around the US]

Our road trip came to a close with two more national parks. We hit Zion on New Year's weekend--holy people! We've been so used to empty parks in the off season that the "crowd" in Zion was jarring. It's still nothing like peak season, I'm sure; two loops of one campground were full and private vehicles were allowed throughout the park, but each trailhead parking lot was full. [Side: Can you guess what our last national park was, on the way from Zion back to the Bay area?]

Enjoy the photo issue! Now that we're home (sssh, we're still acclimating to city life) I've got loads and loads and loads of laundry and a dirty van to clean!

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What not to do: walk under 10ft icicles in 50 degree weather when the park service has closed that part of the trail.
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If I were into cracks, I'd be into these cracks.
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Beautiful face to climb.
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Observation Point hike, 8mi round trip, 1200ft elevation gain. Had to acquire YakTrax snow cleats.
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