Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: Holloway, Butterworth, 1992
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Shared By: John J. Glime on Oct 15, 2004
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Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures 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


As the title says, West Chimney. When you get to the tower, you can walk around the main formation and look for the easiest looking chimney, if your sense of direction isn't up to par.

The climb starts with an easy slab, up over a slightly tougher bulge, before you get to the crack below the chimney. (Approach the route and climb the bulge from the left.) Climb the crack, which takes good pro, and has the probable crux of the route, up to the chimney proper. You can get a last piece of gear in at the base of the chimney, but the chimney is basically unprotectable. However, it isn't really possible to fall out of the chimney and it is much, much easier than it may look to the beginning desert climber. Climb the fun, easy chimney to the top, there are slings on the north summit.

Descent: A one rope rappel is straightforward if you rappel directly west of the summit anchor, however, if your second does not reach the top and you are forced to rappel back into the chimney in order to retrieve gear, be very, very careful with the force you are putting on a sketchy looking cooler sized boulder on the top. Because of this, it is definitely not a good idea to top rope this tower from the rappel anchors. But you could easily set up an anchor at the actual top of the chimney itself.

I find it hilarious to see the crowds (literally) lining up in bunches at the base of Owl Rock only a few hundred yards away. This very well could be the easiest way to climb technical rock to the top of a tower on the Colorado Plateau. It is short, sweet, easy, and right next to the road.


A standard trad rack is overkill, but take one if you want the confidence.
Did this route a couple years ago. Short, fun, with a sketchy rap anchor off a funky block-thingy. Bring beer and some webbing. Oct 19, 2004
Scott Heisler
SLC, Utah
Scott Heisler   SLC, Utah
Muddy pro'... Just bring a pink tri-cam or two, a #2 C4 and a sling for a horn. A rack will just get caught in the chimney. Thanks for the bolts, Sam! Mar 24, 2007
toddgordon Gordon
Joshua Tree, California
toddgordon Gordon   Joshua Tree, California
The climbing is disappointing at best, but it IS a cool summit, with great views in a magical setting. It's a summit too, for the tower tickers. It's easy too, and we had fun. (which is what it's all about, right?) Did this with Cyndie Bransford in March of 1997. Apr 25, 2007
We thought this was pretty darn fun and one of the easiest towers in Moab. The top anchor was really good. But the belay position required us to climb between the belayer's legs. This obviously led to a great many jokes.

-Belay on the upper ledge.
-We used a sling through a hole just before the chimney.
-The chimney is MUCH easier than it looks. basic back on one side, feet on the other tech.
-We found a good spot near the top of the chimney (where it tightens up)and just before an awkward part, to place a purple C4. Feb 17, 2009
Tristan Higbee
Ogden, UT
Tristan Higbee   Ogden, UT
One of the easiest towers around, but lots of fun. For pro I used two finger-sized cams (small blue and silver Camalots), a sling (girthed it around a hole), and two purple #4 Camalots (#5 if using C4s). Bomber bolts and chains on top. Feb 17, 2009
Ryan-GJ Grube
Grand Junction, CO
Ryan-GJ Grube   Grand Junction, CO
I think the Desert Rock guide list this route as 5.7+ and I would agree. The short bit before the chimney would be hard for a 5.6 leader. That said it is one of the easiest towers in Moab. We used a #1 and #5 Camalot and slung a few boulders in the crack for pro. Great little summit. Mar 11, 2009
Mike Chizhov
Flagstaff, AZ
Mike Chizhov   Flagstaff, AZ
Found it to be a bit of a messy climb. The chimney, while fairly easy, was pretty awkward considering there's not that much pro below you. Got up to the "three" bolt anchor and started belaying the second up. Halfway through his climb, I noticed the third, lowest bolt was two inches out of the rock. It seemed to be backed up by the bolt above it, so I pulled the bolt/sleeve as it was about to fall out and hit the second. Still two bolts up there, but one of the rap rings is now linked by the hanger of the bolt we pulled. Mar 13, 2011
Rob Baumgartner
Rob Baumgartner   Niwot
I found the bulge and the chimney to be fairly easy despite the lack of pro. The crack section, however, was very awkward and difficult for the grade. May 12, 2011
Brian C.
Longmont, CO
Brian C.   Longmont, CO
The crack into the chimney is harder than 5.6 and I agree with the Desert Rock's 5.7+ rating. That said, it is short and protects perfectly with a #5 C4. The #5 and a finger-sized cam (0.5 or 0.75) are the only gear you need. The rappel anchor is still two bolts and both are very loose and can almost be pulled out. We tightened one of them and now it feels secure but the other would not tighten. Sep 18, 2011
Simon Thompson
New Paltz, NY
Simon Thompson   New Paltz, NY
I used a #3 and #4 Camalot for "acceptable" pro in a constriction right below where the chimneying starts. Fun climb with an easy approach and great summit. Jan 12, 2012
DJ Reyes
Northern Nevada
DJ Reyes   Northern Nevada
Climbed this route this morning and thought the route was harder than 5.6. The awkward move into the chimney section felt like 5.7+ to me, but then again I haven't climbed sandstone much lately. I would advise a large camalot say..... 4.5 or so to protect that move. Nov 23, 2012
Mark P Thomas
Mark P Thomas   Draper
The crack seems surprisingly hard for 5.6, but if you have some wide technique and commit, you can really sink a leg in and sit on it while you work out the next move.

Current anchor conditions: 1 bolt is gone, the other has a shaft protruding from the rock and I could wiggle it. The third bolt still looks good. May 4, 2013
Fun climb was my first trad lead. The crack section has one akward move just before the chimney, not difficult just a little unnerving. Amazing how much more difficult things seem when leading.

Pefect tower for introducing a new climber. We took my friends girlfriend with us. Not sure if the mentioned boulder is still in place but the rope feed straught through with out putting pressure on any loose rock.

Anchor was in the same condition as mentioned above. May 28, 2013
James Hicks
Grand Junction, CO
James Hicks   Grand Junction, CO
The anchor may be getting worse. We climbed it a couple weeks ago. As mentioned before, the anchor is down to two bolts. One of the bolts is quite loose. I hand tightened it as best I could, but it won't be long before its gone. The other bolt seems tight for now. There was some cord tied around a solid boulder to back up the rap. Nov 26, 2013
Thom Crumrine
Moab, Utah
Thom Crumrine   Moab, Utah
Down to one bolt as an anchor on top and that one is super sketchy. Jan 23, 2015
Josh Cameron
Josh Cameron   M.O.A.B.
The chimney is fun but is over much too soon. Worth a tick if you're in the area and want to climb an easy tower chimney. However, don't think this route compares with Owl Rock. There is a reason that circumcised penis shaped rock gets all the climbers. Perhaps we could change the name of this route to something more inspiring like Vaginal Delight and then these two rocks would go together like a, well, er, you know ;) Jan 24, 2015
As of March 2017 the anchor appears to be one bolt and a sketchy slung block. I decided not to climb it, as this did not look very inspiring from the ground. Apr 2, 2017
March 2019. Anchor is one decent bolt (drilled with spacer) and various slings around large rock. Easy to alpine belay from top with good follower and backup with questionable anchor. Bottom protects well with a small cam or two and a slung chockstone to keep you from rolling to the deck: chimney is all mental pro but climbs at very easy 5.6

Topout to bird shit reminds you of your place in the world. Mar 21, 2019
Lexi Berger
Frisco, CO
Lexi Berger   Frisco, CO
Climbed this with a first timer (3rd route ever) and she had no problem. Once you get towards the top it tried to flip you around inside of it. I ended up facing my belayer awkwardly at one point towards the top. Easy top out for cool pictures. You will see other climbers on nearby towers. I've added a picture of the current anchor situation up there (minus our gear). Apr 10, 2019