Desert Towers Topo Collection

Select Topo: Fine Jade 5.11a
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Get the most practical topos for your next multi-pitch climbing adventure

  • All the information you will need for the approach, the climb, and the descent.
  • Ultra-light and practical size (4"x6") making the topo easy to consult, especially while on lead.
  • Available individually for the best multi-pitch routes.

Advantages over Traditional Guide Book

  • Practical easy to carry size (6"x4")
  • Ultralight and full color
  • Strong and waterproof lamination
  • Easy to consult on lead
  • Sold individually
  • Easy to keep route beta up to date
  • Small cordelette included to attach the topo
    to the gearloop of your harness

General Route Information

  • Route name and grade
  • Quality rating (1-5 stars)
  • Route location
  • Photo of the wall with lines of ascent indicated
  • Typical sun exposure
  • Useful gear and rope advice
  • Icons indicating if the route is usually busy,
    or easy or spicy for the grade

Approach Information

  • Approach description
  • Graphical map of the approach
  • Average approach time

Climbing Information

  • Detailed and accurate topo
  • Pitch by pitch description
  • Popular variations indicated
  • Pitch length for each pitch
  • Belay comfort for each belay
  • Type of belay (gear/bolts/slings)
  • Average time required for the climb

Descent Information

  • Descent description
  • Graphical map of the descent (if required)
  • Average descent time

Desert Towers Climbing Information

Desert Towers Route Overview

Bridger Jack Spires:
East Face Route 5.10d, Learning to Crawl 5.11b, Sparkling Touch 5.11a and Thunderbolts 5.10b (Bridger Jack Spires, Indian Creek)

If you get tired of cragging at Indian Creek, want to get away from the crowds and want a little more adventure to the top of a tower, then these towers are for you.

  • 2-3 pitches
  • approach: 20-25 minutes
  • sun exposure: morning

Fine Jade 5.11a
(The Rectory, Castle Valley)

One of the best classic deserts climbs that shouldn't be missed by the solid 5.10 leader. This climb has sustained but varied crack climbing from thin fingers to fist, short cruxes, amazing exposure and good pro.

  • 4 pitches
  • approach: 1-1½ hours
  • sun exposure: all day

Honeymoon Chimney 5.11b (5.9 A0)
(The Priest, Castle Valley)

The route goes up a funky chimney system splitting the west face of The Priest. Get ready for some physically demanding squeezing and chimneying, wildly exposed stemming and face climbing. Great summit.

  • spicy for the grade
  • 4 pitches
  • approach1-1½ hours
  • sun exposure : Afternoon

In Search of Suds 5.10d
(Washer Woman, Canyonlands Nat. Park)

This is a great route, popular and sunny on mostly good quality rock. Add to this great exposure, and incredible views, and you have got an unforgettable adventure.

  • 6 pitches
  • approach: 30 minutes
  • sun exposure: Afternoon until sunset

Jah Man 5.10c (Sister Superior, Castle Valley)

Jah Man is an outstanding route offering mostly finger and hand size cracks on fantastic rock, as well as a chimney and a face pitch. It is popular, and a good practice route before doing Fine Jade.

  • can be busy
  • spicy for the grade
  • 5 pitches   
  • approach: 1-2 hours   
  • sun exposure: mid-morning to sunset

Kor-Ingalls 5.9
(Castleton Tower, Castle Valley)

This is one of the most popular routes in the desert and for a good reason. All belays are very comfortable, the rock is mostly solid, and it demands a good variety of climbing techniques, especially for the chimney sections.

  • can be busy
  • spicy for the grade
  • 4 pitches
  • approach: 1-1½ hours
  • sun exposure: morning to afternoon

Lightning Bolt Cracks 5.11a
(North Six Shooter, Indian Creek)

This is one of the best crack routes that the desert has to offer. It simply has everything: excellent rock, great pro, incredible exposure, and an amazing summit. Most do classic!

  • 4 pitches
  • approach: 1-2 hours
  • sun exposure: morning to noon

North Chimney 5.9 (Castleton Tower, Castle Valley)

The fastest way to the top of Castleton Tower, and although easier than Kor-Ingalls, it is more sustained in nature and a little more committing due to the loose rock and lack of rap anchors past the first pitch.

  • can be busy
  • spicy for the grade
  • 3 pitches
  • approach:1-1½ hour
  • sun exposure: mostly shade

Ottos Route 5.9- (Independence Monument, Colorado Nat. Monument)

Ottos route is a historical climb that was first climbed in 1911. It is a great climb with a few exposed sections, and an exciting last pitch to the cool summit. It is very popular, so it can get crowded on busy weekends.

  • can be busy
  • well protected/easy for the grade
  • 5 pitches
  • approach: 45-60 minutes
  • sun exposure: mostly shade (top pitches PM sun)

Primrose Dihedrals 5.11d
(5.10+ A0) (Moses, Canyonlands Nat. Park)

Located in a beautiful, remote area of Canyonlands National Park, this climb is as good as it gets. It ascends a spectacular 500 foot tower on nearly perfect rock. Every single pitch is fun, and the cruxes are pretty short.

  • 7 pitches
  • approach; 20-30 minutes
  • sun exposure: sunrise to afternoon

South Six Shooter: South Face 5.7, South Face Direct 5.9, South Face Right 5.9+ and Diagonal Crack 5.10b (Six Shooters, Indian Creek)

The South Six Shooter is perhaps the easiest tower to climb in the desert and it's a good introduction to moderate multi-pitch desert climbing in a spectacular setting.

  • can be busy
  • well protected/easy for the grade
  • 1-3 pitches
  • approach: 1-2 hours
  • sun exposure: most of the day

Stolen Chimney 5.10c (5.9 A0) (Ancient Art, Fisher Towers)

This surprisingly clean route for the Fisher Towers has a little bit of everything, including steep well-protected face climbing, a fun mud chimney, and a twisting and super exposed summit that you will remember for a long time.

  • can be busy
  • well protected/easy for the grade
  • 4 pitches
  • approach: 20-30 minutes
  • sun exposure: most of the day

Waldens Room 5.10c (5.9 C1) (House of Putterman, Tusher Canyon)

This moderate route will test all the skills needed in the desert: hand jams, a challenging chimney/offwidth, a short finger crack and a bouldery face top-out. The crux sections are pretty short and the 5.10 crack can easily be aided. Include Easton's Corner 5.11.

  • 4 pitches
  • approach: 10-45 minutes
  • sun exposure: morning


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