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BETA PHOTO: The Cobra, another wild Fisher Towers formation.

Description 

The Cobra is the wild short tower along the approach path to Ancient Art. How on earth is this thing still standing? Well named-it looks exactly like a hooded cobra rearing up to strike(which is appropriate considering the seriousness of the route).

Unfortunately, sometime during the first week of August 2014, it is suspected that The Cobra had succumb to severe weather and thunderstorms. The once proud, albeit precarious tower is no longer. There were no injuries and no one was present to witness it's sudden demise. This page will be left to preserve it's history.

Getting There 

Follow the Ancient Art approach to the base of the formartion, which will be completely obvious.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.3 miles from here

1 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Cobra:
The Cobra   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad   
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The Cobra 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c UT : Moab Area : ... : The Cobra
Unfortunately, sometime during the first week of August 2014, it is suspected that The Cobra had succumb to severe weather and thunderstorms. The once proud, albeit precarious tower is no longer. There were no injuries and no one was present to witness its sudden demise. This page will be left to preserve its history.Crusher edit: Someone beat me to the update, thanks. RIP Cobra.I've seen pics of folks jumping up and down on the summit, and even pics of a with slack line rigged over the...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of The Cobra Slideshow Add Photo
The Cobra and Castle Valley towers in the backgrou...
The Cobra and Castle Valley towers in the backgrou...
On top, looking over castle valley
On top, looking over castle valley
Snake dance.
Snake dance.
Dan busts out a headstand on The Cobra
Dan busts out a headstand on The Cobra
The Cobra. Photo: Todd Gordon Collection.
The Cobra. Photo: Todd Gordon Collection.
Creepy climb. Don't fall.
Creepy climb. Don't fall.
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The Kingfischer in the middle with The Cobra in pr...
BETA PHOTO: The Kingfischer in the middle with The Cobra in pr...
Sunset on the Cobra
Sunset on the Cobra
El Gato made it happen. U-Taaaaaaaaaw baby!
El Gato made it happen. U-Taaaaaaaaaw baby!
That big storm must have done it in.
BETA PHOTO: That big storm must have done it in.
Too small?.My first boulder problem.
Too small?.My first boulder problem.
Slater S. on the FA of the Cobra (for this one par...
Slater S. on the FA of the Cobra (for this one par...
Whats left of the Cobra.
BETA PHOTO: Whats left of the Cobra.
so close to art, must climb
so close to art, must climb
the Cobra
the Cobra
Moab - The Cobra
Moab - The Cobra
It just toppled over, unfortunately.
BETA PHOTO: It just toppled over, unfortunately.
Early morning Cobra and Castle Valley.
Early morning Cobra and Castle Valley.
Derek standing on the summit of the Cobra at its n...
Derek standing on the summit of the Cobra at its n...

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By Nathan Furman
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 26, 2008
Really cool climb. At one point I had told myself that climbing the cobra was the definition of bad judgment, but finally temptation over-rode common sense. It was worth it.

I didn't free it--pulled on the pin--but was well worth it for the interesting top out. Pulling on the pin makes the move about 5.9.
By Dwight Jugornot
From: Arvada, Co.
Nov 1, 2013
Get on that sucker before it falls down-goes boom. A cam or two down low might prevent a decker thus easing the R. Responds well to technique and ability to read rock. Thanks Todd!
By Mr.K
Aug 1, 2014
Rest in pieces.
By george wilkey
From: travelers rest sc
Aug 3, 2014
I've climbed in the fishers several time but never climbed the cobra. I always seemed to come off a route late and would think,"i'll get that the next time". I guess I should take a lesson from this.
By Jeremy Aslaksen
From: Albuquerque, NM
Aug 4, 2014
What a drag...but not surprising.

Just a matter of time with the erosion, climbing and douchebag stunts as seen below.

Some dudes photo.
Some dudes photo.


Which one do you think caused the Cobra to collapse?

Seems to be a combo of all of the above me thinks.

This will all be a moot point when they close the joint due to some tard decking while BASE jumping AA or slacklining from the Titan to Lizard Rock...

Tick tock.
By the Descender
From: . . . CO
Aug 5, 2014
. . . slacklining from the Titan to Lizard. . . .
lol!

Like everyone, we talked about it's toppling probability while climbing it. . . freaking each other out!
By Boissal
From: Small Lake, UT
Aug 5, 2014
What happens when you pull a full pitch worth of angles and spill your brains Jeremy? Is it any less likely than a base jumper dying? A4 nailing in mud is safe now? Hypocritical bullshit. At least you recognize that the impact of thousands of free ascents and subsequent raps off the summit may be as much a contributor as a few slack lines.

The Cobra was bound to fall off. Whether a user group accelerated the time-line is completely unmeasurable. Get off your high horses. Nature fucking happens. Do you cry when a hold breaks in Rifle? When a solid third of Les Drus fell off in Cham 10 years ago?
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Aug 5, 2014
A slackline can produce 1000's lbs of force in the direction of line. A climber only acts in the direction of gravity. With the tilted cap stone, a slackline on this formation was a poor choice. I am sure they made a cool video, though.
By Charles Vernon
From: Tucson, AZ
Aug 5, 2014


Yeah, to back up Guy's comment, look at the upper third of the tower from this profile view. Looks like it could just slide right off...right in the direction of the slackline's force. Regardless of whether climbing had any impact on the Cobra, this just seems like a terrible idea. Not sure that climbing it was a much better idea, though, and I did it anyway....
By Boissal
From: Small Lake, UT
Aug 6, 2014
Wait, which restrictions have been put on climbing in Arches due to the BASE/slacklining community? Last time I checked the reinforcement of the anchor ban resulted directly from the actions of a climber and pre-dated the explosion of slacklining, arch swinging, and other related shenanigans.

The Fishers are a shared resource. It unfortunately means that base jumpers, slack liners, climber and gawkers alike get to run around doing whatever the hell they want. At some point mountain bikers will invade the place too, lots of tasty spines to shred. The first unlucky idiot who gets hurt may be responsible for restrictions and the way I see it no user group is immune to bad luck. There are a lot more hikers than there are climbers in the Fishers and a lot more climber that there are base-jumpers. Sure, the latter are a lot more prone to dying than the former but they're not descending on the place in hordes.

I didn't mean to pick on you specifically even though I quoted your post. I'm trying to point out that blaming a user group for the fall of the Cobra is idiotic (you didn't blame anyone, others did). And blaming a user group for future closures is a gamble.

Happy times at work!