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Pitch two has some exhilarating exposure.
Pitch 1 Stem up to the corner and continue via a pair of cracks that widen from small hands to offwidth. Belay from gear in the notch. (5.10) Note- It is also possible to gain the notch from back side with 4th class scrambling.
Pitch 2 This is the money pitch. Carefully work your way out to the first bolt on the corner of the tower. You can get some manky gear at your feet but its best not to fall before the first bolt. Continue working up and around the tower on superb face climbing protected by bolts. When you get to the opposite corner of the tower follow a rising crack that leads to a vertical fistcrack and the summit. Watch for rope drag on this pitch. (5.10)
1 two rope rappel from bolts on the summit to the ground on the back side of the tower. (It is possible to rap this with one 60 meter rope though you may have to downclimb a little of the 4th class approach.)
The first pitch faces the road.
Two sets of cams from yellow Alien to #4 Camalot. One 4.5 Camalot. Slings to help mitigate rope drag and a few quickdraws.
Matt working out the face sequence on pitch two.
This is an awesome stretch of balancey climbing.
|By Ben Kiessel|
May 10, 2010
Does anyone have an explanation for the anchor that faces the road? We took the webbing off of it so it's not as obvious/ugly. Our crew couldn't figure out what it was for. No route before or after and it makes no sense to rappel that direction. Unless someone has a reason for it being there it should be chopped.
Just my thought.
From: moab, utah
Sep 22, 2010
This is great piece of climbing on your better than average desert stone. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone not willing to risk bad falling possibilities however, especially before reaching the first bolt after leaving the belay on the second pitch. How often do you get to climb solid jugs through steep terrain in the desert?
|By Paul Irby|
From: moab, ut
Oct 10, 2010
there are some face feaures that lead to the anchor in question. i'm guessing that someone was planning on bolting at one time.
|By Ben Kiessel|
Nov 18, 2010
And with the addition of Planet Caravan it all makes sense.
|By Jeff Widen|
Oct 11, 2011
PLEA FOR HELP - Did this route on 10/10/11, and accidentally left my headless, legless, one-armed Barbie on the top after summit photos. If you do the route and find her - PLEASE contact me so I can get her back - there's beers in it for you.
Thank you - she's been my faithful companion on many towers.
May 28, 2012
how about leaving things alone! i love peoples self appointed desert safety chief tum. i enjoy clipping star drives knowing that was how it was done and reassuring myself not to fall. go to the gym if ya dont like the ugly desert.
|By Ben Kiessel|
Jun 10, 2012
I have no problem with 'Planet Caravan.' It looks like a sweet route, and surely is a great addition to the climbing in Moab. With hindsight I wouldn't have taken the webbing off the anchors. That being said I likely wouldn't have even noticed the anchors if they had any kind of camo on them. (I'm no god, I don't camo all the bolts I've ever placed but they usually are not so obvious from a road that is traveled mostly by non-climbers.)
It's going to be awesome when the general public gets fed up with all the old tat hanging off the towers and cliffs and wants to regulate some stuff. Oh wait, they already started to do that in Arches and Canyonlands.
You are totally right Joshes. I'll stay in the gym the desert is disgusting!
|By Evan C|
Jul 7, 2012