Quick solo climb to the top of Arches NP via West Fins route. Gorgeous views, nice scrambling and rappels.
Fun and relatively quick summit.
Really cool area. We got off route a couple times but ultimately found where we needed to be pretty easily. The views of the La Sals, covered in snow, were awesome from the top. The descent route with rappel was very fun. Climbed Parriott Mesa the next day.
Great hike, scramble, climb, and raps... gorgeous area
Scott, Kessler, Kim, Shaylee and I climbed this in mid-January. There was snow and ice everywhere making the climb a little spicier than normal. I ended up soloing up the crux before the ascent rappel and throwing a handline down. Summit was beautiful. The descent rappel had a huge icicle flowing down it making that interesting and slick! Followed this climb with Bullwinkle Tower on the way back to the car.
Fun adventure. Beautiful inner canyon hike to outstanding views at the summit. We had the place all to ourselves. Great weekend in Arches!
Fun outing with my son (we had to get away since we just lost our dog Duchess). Route finding was not bad, higher up were even some cairns. The rappel was fun (my son's first free air rappel). Climbing sections were easy...
11/18/18 - 2nd time with Ben, new Rappel station on the descent, otherwise easy and fun adventure. Great views and many people on the rote.
Solo day in the Park. WINDY summit.
Met up with a friend on his way to Arizona for a scrambling/canyoneering/rapelling adventure... it was all ours and totally worth it. Some cloud cover helped keep us out of the worst of the heat, but never dripped a drop on us.
Really fun route finding and rappels to the Park's high point
Good times with RAM!
Felt more like canyoneering to me. The crux wasn't much of anything. The rappels were fun as heck, proving a challenge to my friends, Bianka and Michelle.
Green's description was spot on without giving everything away. I was glad to have rock shoes while I climbed around trying to figure out which way to go after climbing up to the bench.
What a great adventure. It's easy to get lost so take along good beta. We had The Falcon Guide's Best Climbs of Moab, which was very useful
Second time up the West Fins route, went with Jamie, Brian and his wife Jen. Route seemed more straightforward the second time around, but still a lot of fun. Some interesting areas off the sides of the route to poke around and explore in too, just a really cool area!
I think I have done it 3 or 4 times. It is a wonderful short day climb and that makes it great for exit days.
Very fun scramble, but very short (depending on how much exploring you do). Also did it in about 2:30 despite some playing. Still well worth it considering that it is right off one of the main drives. Near 360 degree view on top.
Not that I know ratings all that well, but I would consider the 5.4 rating accurate. However, it is really only a couple of moves and not overly exposed. Protection, solid climber in the group or otherwise, people shouldn't be trying climbs, scrambles, 14ers, canyons or whatever unless they are comfortable with heights and confident in their OWN ability. Ropes and spots give a false sense of security and don't make you learn to trust yourself.
11-6-10 Went again with two mostly inexperienced climbers. Did the whole route in about 2hrs. Upon climbing the "crux" again, I think that I'd agree it's only 5.2. It just looks somewhat intimidating with the chute below you.
This was a great adventure. I found the route finding to be the crux of the trip. Very windy day, which added to the exitment!