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Midnight Rider T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Type: Trad, 300 ft, 4 pitches
FA: Ron Olevsky, solo
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Shared By: Brad Brandewie on Dec 9, 2008
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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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

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This is a good route on a fun tower in an really beautiful setting. All four pitches are engaging. The crux is hard and spooky but can be aided.

Pitch One – Climb the obvious crack up a shallow right facing corner to a few moves on dubious rock through a horizontal band and a two piton anchor. 5.10

Pitch Two – Ascend the beautiful corner above the belay. 5.11 R

Pitch Three – Climb past a couple angles to a corner and then make some awkward moves left under a large flake. The RC Utah book says to avoid this way as there is a death flake but I didn’t find it that scary so perhaps there was another flake that has fallen. To avoid the flake the book says to face climb left at 5.9+ to a corner that is followed to the anchor. 5.10

Pitch Four – Face climb past several angles to the summit. 5.9

Rappel from the summit to the top of the third pitch and then to the top of the first pitch.

Protection

A double set of cams to #3 Camalot with many extras from Black Alien to .4 Camalot. A set of nuts. Screamers.
Steven Lucarelli
Moab, UT
  5.11+
Steven Lucarelli   Moab, UT
  5.11+
Green Aliens are the money piece on the 2nd pitch I would recommend 3 or even 4 if you really want to sew it up. Feb 22, 2014
jakobi
moab, utah
 
jakobi   moab, utah
 
I don't know about the screamers, all the gear seemed solid, though I never got a chance to test it. We definitely ran into the huge detached flake at the top of the third pitch, it seemed more solid than other choppers I've ran into, but it would be devastating if it did come off. Nov 8, 2010
Sam Lightner, Jr.
Lander, WY
Sam Lightner, Jr.   Lander, WY
Very good info Brad.
EDIT = I think its safe to call this a serious tower route. THe crux pitch seems easy to protect, but I have proven that what seems like a good cam may not be. The inside of the crack is slightly different in size from the outside, so you have to really pay attention to the placements. It would seem that blue metolius, green aliens, and .5 wildcountry are the same size, but the wildcountry stuff seems to be best.
Pitch 3 is no giveaway... you blow, it might leave a mark.
Some of the banged-in-angles on pitch 4 are, well, not as good as some like to pretend.
The anchors are good.

Its an excellent tower climb, but its serious. Dec 10, 2008