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!
Led every pitch. 5th tower of the week.
I led pitches 2 and 3 while Paul led 1 and 4. Had the entire area to ourselves on this fine early fall day.
Otto's route. The monument is beautiful.
Fun little historic climb, less spectacular than I expected though. Led P1 & P3.
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.
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.
fun climb - climbed several times
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.
Nice day out with my wife :). 3rd time on Indy for me and first desert tower for my wife. Thanks Otto you crazy nutter!
This was my first desert tower. Will always have a soft spot in my heart
Thought the crux was the offdith, chimney third pitch. Top pitch was not bad at all. Get on it!
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!
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.
Enjoyed aesthetic P4.
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...
Lead all the technical pitches
Unique route, and my first desert tower.
geat climb 'cause I got to lead all the cool P's. incoming storm made us get down fast.
After climbing this route I have a feeling that Otto had a pretty keen sense of humor and adventure. Just a hunch. Fun route.
This is near my home town. It is fun. I enjoy 4th class
"Otto Ferrata" scrambles like the route was intended to be.