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Shared By: Ben Folsom on Feb 17, 2006 with improvements by Mark P Thomas
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
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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

A fun tower with a great approach. The Colorado River must be crossed to reach this tower. Barney Rumble Tower is 140 feet high.

Getting There

Park in a pullout on the River Road near mile marker 4. The tower will be visible across the river up on a shelf. Float across the river and traverse left until weaknesses through the cliff bands provide a way up to the base of the tower. Some route finding is involved. A more detailed description below:

1. The best landing is DIRECTLY beneath the left side of the dry waterfall and the opening is small and easy to overshoot. It is really hard to see from the road, so I recommend crossing the river directly and then get ready to eddy out into it as you drift along the far shoreline, watching to pass under the dry waterfall.

2. Traverse along the base of the cliff until you reach a boulder field. Scramble up this trending left until you reach the wall, then double back right. This takes you to the obvious short 5.7-5.8 corner to climb through.

3. Stay near the rim as you traverse over to the wash that forms the top of the dry waterfall. A direct way down into the wash and over to the tower can be found here.

4. Rappel anchors are new chains on the N side of the tower above good ledges. They cannot be seen from the summit and the downclimb is easy but exposed.

5. The 5.7-5.8 corner climbed on the approach can be rappelled by slings on a tree near the cliff edge about 50' climber's left from where you topped out. They are hard to see until you reach the tree.

6. There is a rappel anchor off of the dry waterfall that would place you almost directly on where you put in. There might be a rappel at the upper tier of the waterfall to access this, so when walking back, see if you can find this easier descent!

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