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MMclimbhighOtto's  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2017


Good times. Dropped my iPhone from the upper rappel. Landed on lunchbox ledge, shattered but still working!!! A testament to the old iPhone 4.

Otto was a badass!
Posted Apr 17, 2017 11:36 am

McCannstervia Otto's  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2014


Led every pitch. 5th tower of the week.
Posted Nov 7, 2014 1:16 pm

Matt LemkeAwesome Climb of Otto's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2014

Matt Lemke

I led pitches 2 and 3 while Paul led 1 and 4. Had the entire area to ourselves on this fine early fall day.
Posted Oct 6, 2014 12:59 am

rasgoatGood  Sucess!


Otto's route. The monument is beautiful.
Posted Nov 24, 2012 4:31 pm

SarahThompsonOtto's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2012


Fun little historic climb, less spectacular than I expected though. Led P1 & P3.
Posted May 16, 2012 10:36 am

Tom FralichOtto's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2012

Tom Fralich

Although the route is manufactured, it actually climbs really well. The history is quite interesting. We had a good time despite somewhat chilly temperatures. Got an early start and were the first party on the route on a Saturday. Climbed with Mary on our 2nd trip to the UT desert.
Posted May 4, 2012 5:02 pm

Liba Kopeckovanice summit

Liba Kopeckova

nice climb via Otto's Route, great views from the top.
2nd time: lead 2 pitch, still lovely route and don't mind repeating this one. Though would not call it via ferrata as one did on Mountain Project. And thanks Otto dude for making those nice hand and foot holds.
Posted Jul 26, 2011 10:02 am

Rockclimber77Otto' route  Sucess!


fun climb - climbed several times
Posted Jul 25, 2011 10:17 pm

ScottIndependence  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2011


Climbed Independence Monument with Kris. Once again, P2 and the summit pitch (P4) were a struggle and I sweated quite a bit. I couldn’t have climbed the tower without Kris leading, especially since my desk job has really taken a toll on my body in recent years and I’m quite out of shape. Never the less, it was a beautiful climb and I was both happy to reach the summit, but disappointed that I had to struggle so much and that I realized just how out of shape I really am.

Posted Apr 10, 2011 10:16 pm

Brian COut with my wife  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2011

Brian C

Nice day out with my wife :). 3rd time on Indy for me and first desert tower for my wife. Thanks Otto you crazy nutter!

Trip Report
Posted Mar 27, 2011 8:49 am

climbingfurrydesert climbing  Sucess!


This was my first desert tower. Will always have a soft spot in my heart
Posted Jan 16, 2011 11:39 pm

noahs213Great  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2010


Thought the crux was the offdith, chimney third pitch. Top pitch was not bad at all. Get on it!
Posted Oct 18, 2010 4:41 pm

shanahan96my 30's kickoff  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2010


did you start your 30's in style? kinda like this? i joined aaron, mike and shawn for a climb up otto's route on independence monument.

aaron and i made an attempt in early spring this year, and didn't make it all the way. after spending half a year waiting for another shot at this tower, we were thrilled that everything was able to come together this weekend. all of our training made this attempt go much smoother this time around!

Posted Sep 19, 2010 6:37 pm

chicagotransplantOtto's  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2010


Otto's route with Jamie, Aaron and Sean. Couple of tough spots, especially the cap rock crux which got a bit pumpy trying to pull the roof with slick feet. Overall a very fun route and great weather, warm day but route stays mostly comfortably in the shade.
Posted Sep 19, 2010 12:12 am

Brian KaletOtto's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2008

Brian Kalet

Enjoyed aesthetic P4.
Posted Oct 19, 2008 8:13 pm

horalkaclimbed via Otto's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2008


This was my first desert tower climb so no matter how manufactured the holds were, it was still fun. I found the dihedral on P3 pretty attention getting since the biggest piece we had was #3:) the rest was just mellow fun climbing all the way to the top where one is rewarded with awesome views...
Seconded P1
Lead all the technical pitches
Posted Jun 5, 2008 2:49 pm

utclimberOtto's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2003
Unique route, and my first desert tower.
Posted Jan 14, 2008 12:25 am

highicefun fun fun  Sucess!
geat climb 'cause I got to lead all the cool P's. incoming storm made us get down fast.
Posted Feb 1, 2007 7:08 pm

Foxy Long BottomsFunny Guy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2006

Foxy Long Bottoms

After climbing this route I have a feeling that Otto had a pretty keen sense of humor and adventure. Just a hunch. Fun route.
Posted Nov 27, 2006 2:55 pm

seth@LOKIfun climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006


This is near my home town. It is fun. I enjoy 4th class
"Otto Ferrata" scrambles like the route was intended to be.
Posted Aug 9, 2006 4:52 am

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