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Podium Spire Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,006'
Location: 38.64812, -109.46721 View Map  Incorrect?
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Podium Spire as seen from the approach.

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 >>>


Podium Spire is an obscure yet fairly proud tower tucked back in the short canyon that wraps behind Big Bend Butte, Lighthouse and Dolomite Towers. Eric Bjornstadt gave it a brief mention in Desert Rock III but I didn't get the sense that it's been climbed a lot in the 45 years since the first ascent. The approach takes about as long as it does to ascend the tower which probably contributes to why no one climbs it, but if you're looking for a nice summit at a pretty reasonable grade it's worth the effort.

Getting There 

Park at the group site across the road from Big Bend campground and hike up the canyon. There was a decent trail that was well cairned for most of the way when we did it but for the most part you'll just be hiking up the wash anyway. After a while the trail fades out and the wash gets chocked with large boulders and the going gets a bit tougher but soon the tower will come into view on the left; follow the path of least resistance up the talus to the base of the spire. There's no trail so don't worry if it feels loose and a lot like work. Approach time will be roughly an hour.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Podium Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Podium Spire:
Merrill/Poulson   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 210'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: pitch one

Merrill/Poulson 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Podium Spire
The route starts in a chimney right of the spire; the first pitch is basically to access the base of the tower which sits in a sort of hanging basin feature. Once you've climbed up to the basin and the base of the tower walk around climbers left to the back of the tower to get to the base of the summit pitch.Pitch one: Climb pretty fun 5.9 hands into the chimney, follow the chimney up getting plenty of gear along the way.The climbing is fairly mellow and the rock is good for the most p...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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