Moab Tower Pursuits

Location Moab

Season Spring - Fall

Difficulty Moderate-Advanced

Duration 2 Day

Overview

“A pinnacle is worth five walls!” Layton Kor

The ascent of Castleton Tower by Layton Kor and Huntley Ingalls in 1961 marked the beginning of tower climbing history in Southern Utah.

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides Tower Pursuits offers THE bucket list, of the Great American West for rock climbers. Get away from the fray and get up on a tower this fall. Knowledge that is unmatched and unparalleled, our guides have spent decades climbing and guiding in the Moab area. JHMG is the only AMGA accredited company in Moab. Our Tower Pursuits offer a tower and guide for you, whether it is a Fifty Classic Climb, hard man line or your very first desert summit.

Season Spring - Fall

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Jackson Hole Mountain Guide’s two-day Tower Pursuits program prepares and guides you to the summit of one of 20 different iconic world famous sandstone formations. We offer tower ascents for parties of one or two on Tower’s ranging in difficulty from 5.7 to 5.11. Tower Pursuits requires crack climbing skills that are unique to the Colorado Plateau. If this is your first tower experience our guides are experts at suggesting the best tower for you and teaching you the necessary skill to stand on the summit. Take your traditional climbing skills to the next level. If you have a goal and some skills; we have a guide that can take your skills to the next level and help you achieve your tower dreams.

Day 1- Spend day one climbing with your guide learning specific skills for climbing a tower. Revisit belay skills by belaying a top roped and lead climber. Rappel skills. Learn how to clean and rack climbing protection along with dismantling anchors. Climbing skills include: Off widths, chimney techniques, hand cracks and finger cracks. Learn to make reusable tape gloves.

Day 2- follow your guide to the trail head. From there expect a forty five minute to hour plus  approach up the talus cone to the tower base. Take the skills you learned from the day before to achieve  your climb.  Summit a tower specific to your abilities. We offer over 20 different towers to climb. Some of the classics include Ancient Art in the Fischer Towers. The Kor Ingles route on Castleton Tower. This is one of North America’s 50 Classic Climbs in Castle Valley. Lonely Vigil located on the Light House Tower on the River Road. South and North Six shooters are iconic high points not to be missed on the Colorado Plateau located at Indian Creek.

Tower Pursuits: Price: $700 private; $500pp/group
Extreme: $715pp 1:1 guide ratio required

Group pricing is for 2 people on a trip. Please note that trips must reach minimum number of participants.

Please note that due to scheduling considerations, this trip cannot be booked online. Please click here to inquire about specific date for your climb.

Please read through our policies by visiting this page.

Located in southeast Utah, Moab is approximately 236 miles from Salt Lake City, 355 miles from Denver, 115 miles from Grand Junction and 458 miles from Las Vegas. Most trips and classes leave from the RED ROCK BAKERY, 74 South Main Street across the street from the McStiff’s Plaza. Meeting times are determined by the season. Please contact 435-260-0990 for departure times. Many of our climbing sites are fairly close to town, while Indian Creek, Castle Valley and Fisher Towers take about an hour to get to. Once there however, there are miles of routes with close proximity to one another, making the walking time minimal when compared to the amount of climbing that can be achieved in a day.  Climbing around Moab is usually about a 10 to 20 minute drive  from downtown. The approaches are very close to the car and routes are located close together.

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On approach to towers & crags we recommend a climbing “approach” type shoe for sure footedness and to protect feet from sharp rocks and spiny plants. Quick dry /durable shorts and shirts are recommended for clothing while on the trail. You will need a 35 to 40 L backpack that is adequate for carrying water, snacks, personal climbing gear, rock shoes and extra clothes for the weather conditions. In addition to the personal gear mentioned above your approach pack should adequately carry a 60-meter rope . While climbing it is best to wear loose fitting clothing that is durable and does not restrict movement. If the weather is dry and clear, jeans that are loose fitting or have stretch nylon in them are a great choice. A long sleeve cotton or synthetic t-shirt is a key piece of clothing. You will want to wear long sleeves as protection for your arms in wide cracks and chimneys. A small compressible light weight wind shirt is recommended for its size and ability to block cold desert wind while up on the climbs. While up on a tower climb you will want a small pack (fifteen to 20 Liters) that can carry water, wind jacket and snacks. For carrying water on the climb it is recommended to use a smaller one liter collapsible water bottle that will fit in your summit pack. If you carry a hydration pack with hose on your approach to the towers, you will want to leave it at the base of the route and carry a scaled down amount of water for the climb. The use of large volume packs while climbing is discouraged, they are cumbersome and hard to maneuver in off-widths and chimneys.

For climbing routes in Indian Creek and Classic Cracks around Moab, you will not need a small pack while climbing.

For technical climbing shoes, you will want to climb in a shoe that fits on the comfortable end of the scale. An aggressive fitting climbing shoe is not recommended.

Have gear questions? We’re here to help! Contact us at the Moab Office at 435.260.0990 or moab@jhmg.com.

RECOMMENDED GEAR & CLOTHING LIST

  • 35- 40 Liter Back Pack—Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Hueco 35 and Splitter 40
  • Tower Summit Pack—15 to 20 Liter
  • Approach Shoe – Guide Pick: Salewa Wildfire or Firetail
  • Technical Rock Shoe: comfortable fit.
  • Synthetic Short or Pant for Hiking – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Convertible Pants
  • Long Sleeve and/or Short Sleeve Wicking T-shirt- Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite T
  • Long Sleeve Cotton T-shirt
  • Cotton/blend Jeans – comfortable fitting for flexible movement
  • 2 to 3 Liters of Water
  • For Summit Pack: small collapsible water bottle
  • For Approach Pack: hydration pack 2 liters
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Roll of 2 inch Cotton Athletic Tape
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • 3 Locking Carabineers
  • Belay/Rappel Device
  • Personal Attachment System
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Testimonials

  • JHMG is an amazing organization. They listen to what I want in a trip experience then seek to take it one step bigger & better.

    — Mike Long
  • Wow! What can I say? Thank you! I never thought I’d climb again and you guys gave me the confidence and encouragement to do it again. Today’s hike was long, but the view well worth it. Thanks for sharing a part of your life with me. Thanks again.

    — Liz
  • JHMG will teach you what you desire and create exceptional moments in the mountain setting.

    — Ryan Hoynacki

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