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This is one of the first towers encountered when entering from Mexican Hat.

Getting There 

Park in front of it and walk to it.

Climbing Season

For the Valley of the Gods/Mexican Hat area.

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Petard Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Petard Tower:
East Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A1     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 140'   
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East Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A1  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Petard Tower
pitch 1; 5.9 chimney with poor pro to a roof(turn on the left) to a ledge. Pitch 2. Up a 5.8 crack, then behind a flake, up to anothe ledge. Up a bolt ladder, some free moves, to the summit....[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: The SQUEEZE chimney.
The SQUEEZE chimney.
Rock Climbing Photo: Curt (Checkmate) Kramer in front of Petard Tower. ...
Curt (Checkmate) Kramer in front of Petard Tower. ...

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By Northwest Corner
From: Bend
Jul 29, 2009
AKA Prairie Dog on a Mound. When Frosty and I climbed this thing in the late 80s, we were the first to sign in the register since George and Dave's first ascent. The register was in an old pill bottle that was for George's wife's birth control prescription. Classic! I know Todd Gordon had climbed it in between the FA and our ascent from Todd's Loose Rock article. They must have missed the small register though.
By toddgordon Gordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
Sep 9, 2010
I never made the summit.....I was with my non-climbing friend, and he was unable to climb or jumar to follow, so I made it almost to the top...but not enough rope to summit from his belay on the ground........

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