Full Day Beginning to Intermediate Tower Climbing Trip

Ancient Art

This is the perfect desert spire for a first foray into the magical sandstone towers of the Colorado Plateau for people who enjoy the challenge of being in a high and airy place and are able to climb at a 5.8+ sporting level.

Immortalized by the 2012 Citi Bank “Rock” TV commercial, Ancient Art has become the “must-do” desert tower for its improbable looking summit that resembles a feature straight out of the mind of Dr. Seuss! A truly phenomenal tower that boasts one of the tiniest and most gravity-defying summits imaginable! Unique for a desert tower since it is mostly straight-forward face-climbing.

Despite its crazy look this tower is a great introduction to multi-pitch climbing, and the perfect desert spire for your first foray into the magical sandstone towers of the Colorado Plateau. Don’t let the 5.10 rating fool you, most of the climbing is no harder than 5.8 since the harder moves can be bypassed with a bit of direct aid. Concluding the ascent is a spectacular 200-foot, rope-stretching rappel!

Amazing as the tower is, there is more to Ancient Art than the climb. The short approach hike through a fantasyland of rocks, hoodoos and giant monoliths presents world-class photo opportunities with amazing vistas of the other Fisher Towers – so be sure to bring your camera.

Trip Overview

  • Duration:  up to 5 hours
  • Drive from Moab:  30 minutes
  • Season:  all year
  • Max. guide to client ratio:  1:2
  • Technical:  5.8+ (or 5.10), moderate climbing, very airy exposure, 325ft (105 meters) with 4 pitches of climbing
What you can expect to learn
  • Review of basic climbing equipment-use and techniques
  • Anchoring for multi-pitch climbs
  • Following and cleaning gear
  • Anchoring, knots and rope management
  • Handling the height and exposure of a multi-pitch route
  • Rappelling

Skill & Fitness Level

  • Moderate fitness required
  • Must be able to climb at 5.8+ sport-climbing level
  • Must enjoy the challenge of being in a high and airy place

What to Bring

We provide
  • Snacks (granola bars, peanuts, etc)
  • Drinking water
  • Climbing shoes
  • All of the high quality technical gear you will need for climbing*

 *If you do have and would prefer to use your own climbing harness, shoes, and/or chalk bag, please do so. Otherwise, we provide these items for you.

What you should wear
  • For the approach, shoes with a soft, flexible sole, such as running shoes or lightweight hiking shoes
  • No open-toed sandals, please
  • Clothes that are light-weight and loose fitting to allow you flexibility and freedom of movement
  • Clothes that are suitable for the season
Other items we recommend that you bring
  • Sun screen
  • Lip balm
  • Brimmed hat
  • Light long-sleeve shirt (for sun protection)
  • Sun glasses
  • Light rain gear
  • Camera
  • Extra snacks if you get really hungry, are a growing teenager, or have dietary restrictions or allergies

Departure Times

All trips depart from our office at 253 North Main, Moab, UT. See location on Google map

Departure times for this trip vary with the season, but usually begin quite early in the morning. Call to arrange details: 435-259-3317 or 1-877-641-5271.

Pricing

$325 / person for one person*
$240 / person for 2 people
$268 / person for 3 people – 2 Guides

* If another joins this group, your price will drop to reflect the two-person rate.

Transportation Fee:  $35
Due to the small size of tower-climbing groups (1-2 people), we do not normally provide transportation to the tower (our guide will ride in your car). We can provide transportation, if needed, at an additional cost.

Private or Chartered Guide
$45 / person added to your cost ensures that no one else will join your party, providing your group with more time for discussion and one-on-one instruction from our professional guides who specialize in the safest climbing/canyoneering techniques as well as the local natural history, geology, flora, and fauna.

Cancellation Policy

Because a reservation guarantees space on a trip, we sometimes have to turn others away for those same dates. Thus, cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the trip dates in order to receive a full refund of the reservation deposit. Any cancellations made after the two-week cut off and up to 48 hours before the trip will forfeit the $20 per person deposit. To cover our costs, we must charge the full trip amount for any cancellations made less-than 48 hours before the trip.

We will refund your entire trip amount if we must make a cancellation due to adverse weather. Please be aware that weather cancellations are made only by our guides, based on how climbing and canyoneering conditions are affected.