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Location: 38.4365, -109.1845 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tristan Higbee on Mar 17, 2009
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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 MORE INFO >>>


This is a relatively easy and fun tower (with a couple harder-looking routes on it...) that is close to the parking lot.

Getting There 

From campsite #3, walk toward the tower and right and down into a draw/dry streambed. You'll reach a point where two dry streambeds meet. Go up the left one (there will be a large bush at the mouth). Follow that for a ways and then cut left to the base of the tower.

Climbing Season

For the Fisher Towers area.

Weather station 9.6 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Unknown 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C1  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Dunce Rock
If this isn't the North Face route described in Desert Rock III, then I don't know what it is. It IS, however, an "obvious route on the north side of the tower" (as stated in the book). And it's easy.Climb up a short 4th class section to a large ledge. Make a couple easy moves (these can be protected by a cam and/or a sling around a horn if desired) to the first of five drilled fixed/drilled pitons. A few of the pins stick out, but some of them may have tie-off slings on them. Climb C1 to the to...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Tristan Hechtel on dunce rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Tristan Hechtel on Dunce Rock
Tristan Hechtel on Dunce Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Dunce Rock from the campground.
BETA PHOTO: Dunce Rock from the campground.

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By JimmyK
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 4, 2011
Don't waste your time. The rock quality is terrible, even for Fisher Towers. My friend and I both broke off numerous holds. Unsafe. 04/18/2011
By Noah McKelvin
From: Colorado Springs
Mar 18, 2013
I got the bolt ladder free at 5.10+? or something today. Hard to rate. Really quality climbing! Don't know if that's the FFA of the tower? Either way, I think it's a fun route to check out especially those looking to get on something free rather then just Lizard Rock and the Cobra. Though I don't think you would want to take whips on those pins but they would probably hold. It's a sport climb now!! :)

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