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.