Elevation: 4,956 ft
GPS: 38.678, -109.746 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Brian Shelton on Feb 27, 2002
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, GRK, DCrane
Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details

Description

Tusher canyon is a traditional climbing area, and offers a ton of untouched rock. There are a couple of summits in the canyon, and plenty of solid cracks. The climbing in Tusher is in the early stages (there are very few fixed pieces). This makes for well thought out and exciting descents. Of the routes we have put up in the area we have still yet to use anything fixed. Some classics are Waldens Room on the House of Putterman, Hypercrack on Merrimac Butte, and Echo Pinnacle. The rock is mostly friendly on the hands but you will find the sandpaper now and then. The camping is free but please leave no trace, this is a great area and I would hate to see it restricted.

Getting There

Take the highway north out of Moab for about thirteen miles, at mile marker 14 or thereabouts Mill Creek road will be on your left. Cross the tracks and continue down the dirt road. At the first Y take a right and keep going to another Y. Follow the sign to the Merrimac jeep trail. The road will keep going west and dump you into the wash. Drive the wash until you have to stop after a half mile. A 4WD with good clearance can get into Tusher, but low clearance vehicles shouldn't even try. If walking, after two miles you will see an open canyon on the right (House Of Putterman area - it is a fat tower with a goose neck shape on top), and if you keep going another mile and a half and you will hit the Echo Pinnacle area. Merrimac and Monitor Buttes are another half mile past that. E-mail me and I can send a better description of the directions.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tusher Canyon

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C1+
 6
Monitor Butte, The Plunge
Trad, Aid 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X
 11
Without A Net
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Hot For Teacher
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2 PG13
 4
Etesian Hookup
Trad, Aid 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Suzi Has No Choice
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
After the Rain
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 31
Walden's Room
Trad 3 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 49
Free Window Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c X
 6
Hypercrack on the Anchor Chain
Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 7
Easton's Corner
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 3
Stand and Deliver
Trad 3 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
Merrimac Butte, The Albatross
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Monitor Butte, The Plunge Monitor & Merrimac Bu…
 6
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C1+ Trad, Aid 3 pitches
Without A Net Monitor & Merrimac Bu…
 11
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X Trad
Hot For Teacher Academy
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Etesian Hookup Aeolian Tower
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2 PG13 Trad, Aid 3 pitches
Suzi Has No Choice Neighbor Of Putterman
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
After the Rain Neighbor Of Putterman
 9
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Walden's Room House Of Putterman
 31
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Free Window Route Echo Pinnacle
 49
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Hypercrack on the Anchor Chain Monitor & Merrimac Bu…
 6
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c X Trad 2 pitches
Easton's Corner House Of Putterman
 7
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Stand and Deliver Monitor & Merrimac Bu…
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 3 pitches
Merrimac Butte, The Albatross Monitor & Merrimac Bu…
 10
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 2 pitches
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