Date approx. Awesome experience, great climb.
Climbed with Duc, Mandi, and Doug. We had to "keep it down" on route. Watch for wind that can blow the rope through the arch on rappel. We had to lower Mandi to retrieve it and pull her up using the anchor.
only first 3 pitches, we got hit by rain on the top of 3rd pitch. Thanks Dow for taking me up there.
By far the best tower route in the desert! Not only is the climbing fun, but the rap through the arch is an experience I will enjoy recounting forever. We drove in on the Potash road and it took us 2 hours 45 minutes. We drove out on the scary switchbacking white rim road and it took us 2 hours to get back to moab. 4WD makes life easy. We encountered a stuck rope on the last rap and it is still stuck. As if the white-knuckle 4WD, adventure climbing, and rappelling through an arch weren't enough adrenaline for one day, my partner and I startled a rattle snake on the descent.
fun climbing, nothing too hard (especially after doing standing rock the day before), only bad part was the rope getting stuck on the last rap
Great climb. Not very sustained and mostly well protected (and with a 45-minute approach). We could not ask for better conditions: probably mid 60's, sunny, and windless. Also, no other climbers. In fact, only people we saw the whole day were 3 cars and 2 motorcycles that passed by on White Rim Road when we were on the climb. The area has a very remote feel. Though less than 20 miles from the visitors' center, that distance takes ~2 hours of driving (very exciting driving down the steep and very exposed switchbacks of the Shafer Trail)! I found the 10+ face on the last pitch very difficult and ended up yarding on the topmost bolt. The ridge traverse on pitch 4 is the highlight of the route as is the AWSOME rappel down the arch!! Amazing! This is probably one of our favorite desert towers to date. Shirley had a great time as she was able to pull all the cruxes (except the last pitch) with no hesitation (much better day for her than me that way :). The weather worsened the next day (windy, somewhat cold, and with intermittent snow dusting) and so we cragged at the Creek. Wanted to do a small tower on Sunday morning before heading home but instead woke up to find a flat tire on our truck. Not only is there no place that will fix a flat in Moab on a Sunday, but there is apparently no place that will do that in the entire state of Utah. Drove home (through some shitty wintry weather) on the (full-size luckily) spare praying that we'd not get another flat. We need to move to Utah - I84 & I15 are getting tiresome.