Otto's route is no doubt the easiest (tourist) route in the park. Rated quite soft when compared to Long Dong on Kissing Couple or anything on the Sentinel, etc. .It is a decent solo, but the last several meters offer exposed face climbing to get over the cap rock, the crux of the climb. What the guide calls the 3rd pitch offers a short but quality off width section if you ignore the drill pockets. The "time tunnel" thing I have seen mentioned is really just a corridor between pitches. The top rap is below the summit, but it is a relatively easy down climb. There is a summit register as of 2018. Rap from the top of pitch six to the bottom of pitch five (need a true 70m). Pull the rope and follow the narrow passage back to the top of pitch three. Make a short rap to the top of pitch two. Then one 70m rope rap to the ground. Quite a bit of fixed hardware en-route. Single to C4#4 would be more than adequate for the competent leader. Well climbed route won't get any cleaner in the monument. North facing wall, excellent in summer conditions as long as you are not a pussy about the hike in and out.
Led every pitch.
I led pitches 2 and 3. Very fun route and an excellent summit
Climbed with the rasgoat.
A fun few moves on each pitch. Second pitch was way easier than I expected, perhaps some are intimidated by the awkward positioning but I found all the moves easily, thought it to be 5.7 at best. The final pitch was a surprise to me though. I am a 5.8 leader accustomed to roofs and this thing was tough! the pitons provided great protection for the crux move but the lack of feet along with the rock being cold and sandy combined with an almost barndoor feel under the roof provided a good challenge. It was pumpy and I regret that it was my first lead to have to pull on the gear!
what started as an adventerous climb is now more of a walk in the park, i climb this tower alot!
Went up again on a nice spring day with my wife. Chilly in the morning shade but it shaped up to be a nice day.
Thought the crux was the offdith, chimney third pitch. Top pitch was not bad at all. Get on it!
excellent, fun filled day on a great route with a fantastic group! the cruxes, especially the 5.8 stretch through the buttcracks weren't as difficult as i thought they'd be. 5.9 overhang to gain the summit was a real challenge, and i needed to hang for a moment before pulling through on my second attempt.
great desert tower....in colorado!
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.
Another great day. A+!!
Good climb. A bit scary on the last pitch in 40mph winds.
beautiful day, first two pitches still covered in some areas with snow…
2nd time in May: windy and hot! still a lovely outing, lead 2 pitches. And thanks Otto for creating all those hand and footholds in the prehistoric times.
got to lead most of the P's, so I was happy.