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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
Access Issue: This is a highly visible climb in an access sensitive area. Be wise. Details

Description

The pickle is the small tower perched above the road on your right immediately after you turn off of 191 into Arches NP. (before you go through the toll booth).

It was first climbed by Cameron Burns, Benny Bach, and Mr. Ethan Putterman himself. Well, that's not entirely true. The story goes that Putterman had a problem with his jumars and couldn't continue. Burns and Bach continued to the top and carried one of Putterman's shoes with them for a symbolic summit. In any event, this was the beginning of the era of the Putternan names that we now see all over the desert.

Getting There

The National Park Service requests that Pickle climbers park in the "10 minute parking" area that is on the right just after turning off highway 191. Please park at the far end to avoid the tourists taking pictures of the entrance sign.

From the parking area stay in the washes and gullies to reach the base of the tower (which is clearly visible from the parking area).

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just climbed this route. closely spaced angles and bolts. some mandatory easy free climbing near the summit. replaced the slings. needs chain. 9.19.08 eo Sep 19, 2008
What a fun little tower. Good rock and easy work. The bolts are really close together and the top out, while sandy, is pretty tame. You can step on the bolts and reach the next one if you don't like sandy slabs.
The top anchor looks good to me. Well equalized pins and a new bolt. But there is an older anchor further back that was kinda crazy! Feb 2, 2009
The pickle will change your life. Best route ever! Nov 8, 2010

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