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Merrill/Poulson T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Elevation: 5,006 ft
GPS: 38.648, -109.467 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: jakobi on Jun 22, 2015
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

Description

Podium Spire is an obscure yet fairly proud tower tucked back in the short canyon that wraps behind Big Bend Butte, Lighthouse and Dolomite Towers. Eric Bjornstadt gave it a brief mention in Desert Rock III but I didn't get the sense that it's been climbed a lot in the 45 years since the first ascent. The approach takes about as long as it does to ascend the tower which probably contributes to why no one climbs it, but if you're looking for a nice summit at a pretty reasonable grade it's worth the effort.
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

Getting There

Park at the group site across the road from Big Bend campground and hike up the canyon. There was a decent trail that was well cairned for most of the way when we did it but for the most part you'll just be hiking up the wash anyway. After a while the trail fades out and the wash gets chocked with large boulders and the going gets a bit tougher but soon the tower will come into view on the left; follow the path of least resistance up the talus to the base of the spire. There's no trail so don't worry if it feels loose and a lot like work. Approach time will be roughly an hour.

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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Merrill/Poulson
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