Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
State Highway 313
Select Route:
"Sapper", the tower being "The Pillbox" T 
Candy Corner T 
Class Act T 
Elvis Memorial Corner T 
Finish Line Tower- If You Ain't First, You're Last T 
Joker, The T 
Putterman's Frisbee : The Floridian Route T 
Red Rocket Tower- Afternoon Delight T 
Sport/Mixed Climbing Near 313 Turnoff T,S 
Sunset Tower T 
Sweet Jane T,S 

Red Rocket Tower- Afternoon Delight 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a C1 PG13

Type:  Trad, Aid, 2 pitches, 260', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a C1 PG13 [details]
FA: Samy Jr., Matty P, Willy P, Beny K, spring 2011
New Route: Yes
Page Views: 27
Submitted By: Bill Grasse on May 30, 2011

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (2)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
BETA PHOTO: The splitter.

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


Pitch 1:
There appears to be many different options on pitch one, but the ultimate goal is to get on the big ledge about 50-60 feet up. All options seemed pretty loose. We climbed a line a little to the left, the second half of which was walking up a sandy ramp in a chimney. Two bolt belay. 5.7 70'.

(Note: The anchor on top of pitch 1 was there before us. There was no anchor on top of the tower.)

Pitch 2:
Climb the obvious splitter(will go free at mid 5.12?). After the crux in the first 30' the difficulty eases but the quality of rock diminishes. Continue to the top. 5.11+, C1 190'.

Rappel the route.


This tower sits to the Northwest of the junction of Hwys 313 and 191. At the corner of the obvious cliff band sits the tower, with a splitter running up its Southeast face. This tower only reveals its self if you drive north of the junction on 191 and look back.


The second pitch is long. Desert standard rack, extras in .4-3 camalots. Two 60 meter ropes.

Photos of Red Rocket Tower- Afternoon Delight Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Me, pitch 2 of Red Rocket Tower. Photo taken by St...
Me, pitch 2 of Red Rocket Tower. Photo taken by St...

Comments on Red Rocket Tower- Afternoon Delight Add Comment
Show which comments
By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From: Lander, WY
Jun 2, 2011

Nicely done Billiam.
By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett
Nov 13, 2014

Climbed this Nov 2014. Notes:
1. For aiding, the rack is huge! Many, many cams from fingers (about first 30 feet or so) to ring-lock size to tight hands to hands to rattly hands and eventually fists, 180 feet up.

2. This may go free. There are a couple spots with hands-off rests that could be used to break up this monster pitch into 2 or 3 shorter pitches (or to stop and haul up more gear).

3. The rock is basically sound and yet threw a bunch of loose flakes/holds off. In particular entering the wide pod/slot feature 2/3 of the way up, the entire right side had recently exfoliated into a delicate detached flake, 6 feet tall, just sorta teetering there. Broke the thinner top half into manageable pieces for hucking out from the cliff. Rest is fatter, sort of attached and we left it be. It would be easy to pry off. Belayer is about 100 feet below.

4. Nice find you guys! Quite the splitter!

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!