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Kingfisher Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Andrew Gram on Nov 30, 1999


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The Kingfisher is the closest of the big towers to the parking lot, and the easiest to climb. The Colorado NE Ridge is the easiest of the big Fisher Towers aid routes, but it is still not a giveaway. The Kingfisher also sports a selection of very difficult and dangerous aid routes, two of which were put up solo by Jim Beyer. Feel free to shudder as you walk underneath the Death of American Democracy on the way to the Colorado NE Ridge.

Getting There 

Walk along the Titan Trail past Ancient Art, and look for a climbers trail heading up the gully between Ancient Art and Cottontail Tower. Head up past Stolen Chimney, and scramble up some mud cliffs to the base of the Kingfisher. There are many climbers trails through here, and the easiest way is tough to find.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.3 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Kingfisher

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kingfisher:
Colorado Northeast Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2     Aid, Grade IV   
Death Of American Democracy   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A4 X     Aid, Grade V   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew Gram leading Pitch 1 of the Colorado Northe...

Colorado Northeast Ridge 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Kingfisher
This is a great introduction to the bigger towers of the Fishers. The climbing is relatively clean, quick and easy. The exposure is fantastic. This route climbs the left hand arete of King Fisher as viewed from the parkinglot. To reach the route, hike out to the Cobra (just past Ancient Art). From there, hike up the hill past Death of American Democracy, and just below the northeast arete, you'll see the first pitch bolt ladder.P1- Climb a bolt ladder which used to be very scary, but now ha...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: Some bomber belay :) on top of King Fisher
Some bomber belay :) on top of King Fisher
Rock Climbing Photo: The Kingfisher from the NE. You can see one of us ...
The Kingfisher from the NE. You can see one of us ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kingfisher descent II
Kingfisher descent II
Rock Climbing Photo: descending kingfisher
descending kingfisher
Rock Climbing Photo: the parking lot from the summit
the parking lot from the summit
Rock Climbing Photo: The Kingfischer in the middle with The Cobra in pr...
BETA PHOTO: The Kingfischer in the middle with The Cobra in pr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Someone is taking the term "clean climbing&qu...
Someone is taking the term "clean climbing&qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: sunset, Kingfisher
sunset, Kingfisher
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Rock Climbing Photo: Kingfisher, and Colorado Ridge.
Kingfisher, and Colorado Ridge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kingfisher. Photo by Blitzo.
Kingfisher. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Bryan Bornholdt
From: Las Vegas, NV
May 24, 2004
This is a grand experience for anyone inclined to go beyond the Ancient Arts realm. Having done this route many times, it should be noted that the quality of the crux placements (third pitch) is diminishing. In fact, immediately off the third belay, the crack leading to the first fixed piece is getting very worn. It readily goes clean but hammering destroys the clean placements.

Be prepared to feel like you are sticking your neck out a little on this route. But most of all, savor being in the Fishers. It is a magical place.
By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Dec 9, 2013
A discussion of certain bolts on the Kingfisher has been moved to a forum thread here: Kingfisher bolts

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