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Kingfisher

Utah > Southeast Utah > Fisher Towers
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Description

The Kingfisher is the closest of the big towers to the parking lot, and the easiest to climb. The Colorado NE Ridge is the easiest of the big Fisher Towers aid routes, but it is still not a giveaway. The Kingfisher also sports a selection of very difficult and dangerous aid routes, two of which were put up solo by Jim Beyer. Feel free to shudder as you walk underneath the Death of American Democracy on the way to the Colorado NE Ridge.

Getting There

Walk along the Titan Trail past Ancient Art, and look for a climbers trail heading up the gully between Ancient Art and Cottontail Tower. Head up past Stolen Chimney, and scramble up some mud cliffs to the base of the Kingfisher. There are many climbers trails through here, and the easiest way is tough to find.

Routes from Left to Right

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What would McHugh Do?<br>
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BM descending Kingfisher with castle valley in the setting sun.
[Hide Photo] What would McHugh Do? BM descending Kingfisher with castle valley in the setting sun.
Some bomber belay ;) on top of King Fisher
[Hide Photo] Some bomber belay ;) on top of King Fisher
Someone is taking the term "clean climbing" a little bit too literally on the summit of Kingfisher.
[Hide Photo] Someone is taking the term "clean climbing" a little bit too literally on the summit of Kingfisher.
The Kingfisher from the NE. You can see one of us in the shade at the base of the fourth pitch.
[Hide Photo] The Kingfisher from the NE. You can see one of us in the shade at the base of the fourth pitch.
It's always special coming back to this place.
[Hide Photo] It's always special coming back to this place.
Kingfisher descent II
[Hide Photo] Kingfisher descent II
sunset, Kingfisher
[Hide Photo] sunset, Kingfisher
descending kingfisher
[Hide Photo] descending kingfisher
the parking lot from the summit
[Hide Photo] the parking lot from the summit
The Kingfischer in the middle with The Cobra in profile to the right.
[Hide Photo] The Kingfischer in the middle with The Cobra in profile to the right.
Kingfisher, and Colorado Ridge.
[Hide Photo] Kingfisher, and Colorado Ridge.
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Bryan Bornholdt
Las Vegas, NV
[Hide Comment] This is a grand experience for anyone inclined to go beyond the Ancient Arts realm. Having done this route many times, it should be noted that the quality of the crux placements (third pitch) is diminishing. In fact, immediately off the third belay, the crack leading to the first fixed piece is getting very worn. It readily goes clean but hammering destroys the clean placements.

Be prepared to feel like you are sticking your neck out a little on this route. But most of all, savor being in the Fishers. It is a magical place. May 24, 2004
Perin Blanchard
Orem, UT
[Hide Comment] A discussion of certain bolts on the Kingfisher has been moved to a forum thread here: Kingfisher bolts Dec 9, 2013