Mount Spry is, in my opinion, one of Zion's most overlooked little gems. The dramatic views off its north ridge down into Zion Canyon just may be my favorite to date in the entire park. Simply being in such close proximity to The East Temple and Twin Brothers is pretty damn awesome too. Mount Spry also holds a special place in my heart because it was my first adventure with DB & CP, who sadly could not make our traditional Thanksgiving in Zion this year.
Rendezvousing at the Watchman Campground Wednesday night, the 2014 crew sat around the campfire to ponder the selection of a Thanksgiving Day peak. It had to be suited to a group of 8. It had to be noob friendly. Yet it had to be worthy of such a special day with a special crew that included two complete Zion virgins. And it had to get us back to town early enough to make our 6pm dinner reservations at Wildcat Willies. Flipping through CP's book, Giles rattled off random peaks he & Julie had yet to climb. West Temple. No way. Deertrap. Nope. Mount Spry. YESSSS! As soon as the words came out I knew it was the one. It'd be a new peak for everyone but me and I very much looked forward to sharing the experience with them.