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Moab Utah Adventure Tours Moab Tower Climbing Tour – Ancient Art Tower

3/4 Day Climbing Trip -Ancient Art

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This is the perfect desert spire for those who enjoy the challenge of being in a high and airy place and are able to climb at a 5.9 level outdoors.

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. While graded a 5.10+, 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:  5-6 hours
  • Drive from Moab:  30 minutes
  • Season:  all year
  • Max. guide to client ratio:  1:2
  • Technical:  5.9 aid or 5.10+ free 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 5.9 sport-climbing level outdoors or 5.10 indoors
  • Must enjoy the challenge of being in a high and airy place

What to Bring

  • 3 liters of water
  • 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


We provide

  • Snacks
  • Transportation from our office to the route and back
  • 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

Departure Times

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

5:00am – 6:00am   -Departure times for this trip vary with the season, but usually begin quite early in the morning. Call to arrange details: 435-259-3317

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