One of the
most distinguishing features of the Moab desert are the enormous sandstone
towers which stand proudly atop their talus bases like ancient sentinels.
To the vertically inclined, these pillars represent the ultimate challenge
and an unsurpassed sense of accomplishment. The guides at Moab Desert
Adventures have the experience, and expertise to help you to achieve
these precipitous summits. Below are some of the towers that we guide.
The rates page gives rates for up to three people. If you have something
specific in mind, such as a larger group of people, a different tower
or maybe even two towers, please contact us.
Tower is truly the King of the Castles. It stands alone overlooking
a hundred miles of desert and sky. This four hundred foot high
sandstone giant presents a wonderful day long adventure that involves
an exhilarating approach, four to five challenging pitches of
crack and face climbing, one of the finest summits in the world,
and three enjoyable rappels back to earth. The most popular routes
to the top are the Kor-Ingalls (5.9) and the North Chimney (5.9).
Superior rises four hundred feet to a pointed summit that is a
mere fifteen feet wide. The climbing presents a higher level of
difficulty (5.10) and requires the climber to climb both face
and crack at that level. The first pitch of "Jah Man" is an enjoyable
chimney, while the second brings things up to speed beginning
with several hard moves past a roof. Many consider the third pitch
to be the crux with its thin splitter crack that squeezes both
hands and psych, then a historic bolt ladder leads to the summit,
and three long rappels bring you home again. Jah Man is one of
the area's best tower routes, a worthy tick.
A perfect first tower!
With nearly 500 feet of exposure, and four awesome pitches of
diverse climbing, Ancient Art's corkscrew summit is a journey
you won't forget. Ancient Art is a great introduction to tower
climbing. The grade of 5.8 reflects the vast majority of the climbing
with the more difficult moves easily bypassed. The classic summit
pitch requires a delicate walk across a narrow ridge to the "diving
board" which, once passed, leads to the corkscrew summit and a
dinner plate sized perch above a spectacular desert landscape.
Get your balance and pose for that summit photograph. Ancient
Art is truly one of the most fun (and outrageous!) tower climbs
in the Moab area.
Described in the guide
book as being the wildest tower in the Castle Ridge area, Honeymoon
Chimney certainly provides the climber with a very unique and
unforgettable experience. Honeymoon Chimney is a four pitch route
that can be climbed at 5.9 with a short section of aid (or 5.11
without!). This route is great fun and the variety of climbing
on it will test your skills - there are off-widths, tunneling,
wild stemming, face climbing and even occasional jamming, all
bringing you to a summit where you can soak up the never ending
Located just south of
Moab you will find Looking Glass Rock. It is a huge sandstone
dome, with a massive church like amphitheater carved out of the
heart of the rock by the ravages of the wind. Also carved out
of the roof of this amphitheater is a window, overlooking the
vast expanse of canyonlands country beyond. A trip to Looking
Glass Rock is a real delight, and a great one to do with the family.
The climb is a 3 pitch route up the low angled south west ridge
of the dome. There are a couple of moves of 5.7 and the rest is
a mellow excursion to the summit. Here you can sign the summit
register and enjoy the 360 degree vistas. Then the highlight of
the outing comes with the rappel. The rappel takes you down inside
the amphitheater, and is exhilarating to say the least. It is
possible to take a group larger than 3 people, so please call
us for details.