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Forgotten Tower

Utah > Moab Area > Indian Creek
Access Issue: Raptor Nesting Climbing Avoidance Areas Details
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

The Forgotten tower is the prominent buttress on top the mesa to the left if you drive from south past the supercrack buttress. It is Navajo sandstone and about 100m high from the mesa. There are still some possibilies for FA, the obvious dihedrals along the visible pillars.

Getting There

Park at the Blue Gramma parking. Cross the creek where once was some kind of dam. Walk about 150m westwards, then scramble up northwards to a gully and upwards to the mesa. Walk another 800m northwest to the tower; approach may take around 45min.

Routes from Left to Right

5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a C0 PG13
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Berg Heil Route
Trad, Aid 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Berg Heil Route
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a C0 PG13 Trad, Aid 4 pitches

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Forgotten Tower, as seen from the Supercrack Buttress.
[Hide Photo] Forgotten Tower, as seen from the Supercrack Buttress.

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[Hide Comment] I've always been curious if anybody had ever climbed this before. I'd heard it had been done, but people make shit up out of the blue all the time. Any sign of previous passage? Nov 2, 2009
[Hide Comment] i had heard that it had been climbed also, but don't have details (or even remember who it was that told me it had been climbed). good question. that dihedral of sorts, to the top of a tower of sorts, would have been inviting back in the day. Nov 2, 2009
JoergB
Germany
[Hide Comment] I would be highly interested in any additional information about this tower. When we got to the top, we searched for traces of anybody been up there, but we found none. There were no rock piles, no footsteps in the cryptic soil on the large top, no traces of abseil.
I could not fully exclude someone having done this, but then it must be someone who is fully comliant to the "leave no traces" ideology and who loves soloing choss also at elevated difficulty. Maybe this limits the number of people to ask. Dec 30, 2009