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Elevation: 4,764 ft 1,452 m
GPS: 38.724, -109.3083
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Shared By: Andrew Gram on May 12, 2002
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The Fisher Towers is one of the most difficult places in the desert to climb, but also one of the most spectacular. The towers are huge soaring fins of mud up to 1000 feet high. Nearly all the routes on the major towers are at least Grade IVs, and there is more than one Grade VI here.

The Fishers have a lot of history. Shortly after making the first ascent of Castleton, Layton Kor came here to climb the largest tower, the Titan. The extremely difficult ascent of the Finger of Fate route was the subject of a National Geographic article, and is one of the 50 Classic Climbs of North America. After Kor climbed the Titan, Harvey Carter dominated the scene by making first ascents of every other major tower and most of the smaller ones.

The Cutler sandstone is actually very hard, but doesn't fracture into continuous crack systems like most other sandstone. The rock is also covered with a thick layer of mud, which makes the climbing dirty, loose, difficult, and sometimes very dangerous. The caprock for the towers is Moenkopi.

Stolen Chimney on the corkscrew summit of Ancient Art is by far the most popular route here, and at 5.9 A1 the only real moderate route. The Colorado NE Ridge of the Kingfisher, Phantom Spirit on Echo Tower, and the Finger of Fate route on the Titan are all fairly popular and increasingly difficult. Some of the hardest routes in the desert are here, many put up solo by Jim Beyer. Stevie Haston has freed Echo Tower as a long scary 5.12 and nearly freed the Titan.

Getting There Suggest change

From Moab, drive north on the River Road(SH 128) past Castle Valley to the Fisher Towers turnoff sign(about 27 miles). Drive to the parking lot at the end of the road.

All routes are accessed via the Titan Trail, which is quite good and well marked, though it can be hard to follow in the dark.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Fisher Towers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
A3
 5
The Return of Mudzilla
Trad, Aid 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A3-4
 7
Rasta Wall
Aid 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 145
Entry Fee
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2
 122
Colorado Northeast Ridge
Aid
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2+
 94
Finger of Fate
Trad, Aid 8 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A4
 8
Beaking In Tongues
Aid 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C0+ R
 6
The Hippie Route (North Summit)
Trad, Aid 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 42
Phantom Sprint
Aid 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A3
 9
Sundevil Chimney
Aid
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A4 X
 4
World's End
Aid
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a C2+ R
 16
Fantasia
Trad, Aid 8 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A0
 1,545
Stolen Chimney
Trad, Aid 4 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A4 X
 5
Death Of American Democracy
Aid
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b A2 R
 6
Brer Rabbit
Trad, Aid 10 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c R
 58
The Cobra
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Return of Mudzilla Kingfisher
 5
A3 Trad, Aid 5 pitches
Rasta Wall River Tower
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A3-4 Aid 5 pitches
Entry Fee Lizard Rock
 145
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad
Colorado Northeast Ridge Kingfisher
 122
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2 Aid
Finger of Fate Titan
 94
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2+ Trad, Aid 8 pitches
Beaking In Tongues Oracle
 8
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A4 Aid 7 pitches
The Hippie Route (North Sum… Ancient Art
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C0+ R Trad, Aid 4 pitches
Phantom Sprint Echo Tower
 42
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Aid 5 pitches
Sundevil Chimney Titan
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A3 Aid
World's End Titan
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A4 X Aid
Fantasia Oracle
 16
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a C2+ R Trad, Aid 8 pitches
Stolen Chimney Ancient Art
 1,545
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A0 Trad, Aid 4 pitches
Death Of American Democracy Kingfisher
 5
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A4 X Aid
Brer Rabbit Cottontail Tower
 6
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b A2 R Trad, Aid 10 pitches
The Cobra Cobra
 58
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c R Trad
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