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The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 4, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
I was just flipping through Crusher's Desert Tower book. Great history and pictures. I highly recommend picking up a copy.

Post up your tower shots!

Hoodoo Gurus
Hoodoo Gurus
Credit: The Larry

City bank tower
City bank tower
Credit: The Larry

Credit: The Larry

Leapin' Lizard
Leapin' Lizard
Credit: The Larry

Credit: The Larry
spectreman

Trad climber
Sep 4, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Credit: spectreman

Credit: spectreman
spectreman

Trad climber
Sep 4, 2013 - 11:55pm PT
Credit: spectreman

Credit: spectreman

Credit: spectreman
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Sep 4, 2013 - 11:58pm PT
(this promises to be a great thread)
2 l l

Sport climber
Rancho Verga, CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Mono Lake sand tufa ...
spectreman

Trad climber
Sep 5, 2013 - 12:14am PT
^^^^
That photo is awesome! Amazing.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Sep 5, 2013 - 12:21am PT
Hand in Northern Chile
Hand in Northern Chile
Credit: Dapper Dan

Does this count ?
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Did you summit?
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Sep 5, 2013 - 12:29am PT
Nope .

5.12 fingers , literally.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Sep 5, 2013 - 12:36am PT
Mario gave me that book the last day I saw him... to inspire many more adventures with him and Steph. I sure wish I would have gotten him to sign it.

Mario loving life in the Mystery Towers:

Mario, living life to the fullest
Mario, living life to the fullest
Credit: ElCapPirate

Right before we jumped off Ancient Art:

Ancient Art
Ancient Art
Credit: ElCapPirate

It's a strange feeling going untied and dropping the rope once you commit, ha ha.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2013 - 12:46am PT
Awesome Ammon. Mario was always psyched.

Birdseye view from Mario's go pro as he jumped over us.

Birdseye View
Birdseye View
Credit: The Larry
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Sep 5, 2013 - 12:53am PT
Awesome Larry! Hope to see you soon, bro.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2013 - 12:56am PT
Like wise Ammon.

We should do Cottontail. I'll bring the gear down.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Sep 5, 2013 - 09:02am PT
I was just flipping through Crusher's Desert Tower book. Great history and pictures. I highly recommend picking up a copy.


It's well written, well organized and just plain beautiful!

:-)

P.S. I do have some cool tower shots, but they're hard copy. . . not digi!

:-/
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 5, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
Credit: SCseagoat

yeah, another one of Ancient Art...almost over to it.

Susan
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 8, 2013 - 01:26pm PT

The Cobra
The Cobra
Credit: SCseagoat

Hey Larry we'll be out in Moab for a month just after the Oakdale Climbers' Festival. We'll look for ya....I think we're just down the street from ya....where the big hot tub is...

Susan
Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Sep 8, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
Near Technicolor Wall, I.C. UT
Near Technicolor Wall, I.C. UT
Credit: Reeotch
Neville Arch, Owl Canyon, ~6mi. in
Neville Arch, Owl Canyon, ~6mi. in
Credit: Reeotch
Owl Rock, off Hwy 163 N. of Kayenta
Owl Rock, off Hwy 163 N. of Kayenta
Credit: Reeotch
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 8, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
Awesome Susan. Hit me up when you get here.

Fixie. No brakes.
Fixie. No brakes.
Credit: The Larry
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B in Arizona
Sep 8, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#233407
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B in Arizona
Sep 8, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#320278
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 8, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
Nice shots everyone. Gotta love the desert.

Credit: The Larry

Credit: The Larry
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Sep 8, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
Credit: thebravecowboy

the approach is pretty chill [snickers]
the approach is pretty chill [snickers]
Credit: thebravecowboy

photo not found
Missing photo ID#320322
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 8, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
Love Crusher's book.....there shouldn't be a climber's coffee table that isn't graced with a copy.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Sep 9, 2013 - 01:25am PT
We should do Cottontail. I'll bring the gear down.

DEAL!!!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 9, 2013 - 09:45am PT

Yeah, where are some of Crusher's pics?

The crowd screamed for MORE, MORE, MORE!!!!
crunch

Social climber
CO
Sep 9, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Desert Towers, woohoo!

Ya want towers, we got 'em:

Ballerina Chimney
Ballerina Chimney
Credit: crunch

Doric Column
Doric Column
Credit: crunch

Credit: crunch

Credit: crunch

Credit: crunch

Credit: crunch

Credit: crunch

Blocktop and Islet in the Sky
Blocktop and Islet in the Sky
Credit: crunch

crunch

Social climber
CO
Sep 9, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
Castleton Tower, today. Looks like good drinking weather in Moab!
Castleton Tower, today. Looks like good drinking weather in Moab!
Credit: crunch
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 9, 2013 - 02:50pm PT

Thanks, Steve. . .MORE!!!!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 9, 2013 - 03:36pm PT
I dunno Crunch, ya think?
Credit: Jaybro
Leftwich

climber
Sep 9, 2013 - 03:48pm PT
Love Crusher's book.....there shouldn't be a climber's coffee table that isn't graced with a copy

Look forward to seeing the book, but unsure how to fit the coffee table in the back of the Tacoma...
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2013 - 05:18pm PT
Crusher, I'll buy you a beer if I could get you to sign my copy of your book. Hit me up. 435-210-1692

andy@climbingmoab

Big Wall climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 9, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
Credit: andy@climbingmoab

Credit: andy@climbingmoab
Nilepoc

Big Wall climber
Tx
Oct 15, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
You want towers? Check out this African collection.

http://www.kuriositas.com/2013/10/the-ennedi-plateau-secret-stones-of.html?...

African towers, how many walls are these worth?
African towers, how many walls are these worth?
Credit: Nilepoc

African towers.
African towers.
Credit: Nilepoc
crunch

Social climber
CO
Oct 15, 2013 - 11:49pm PT
Those African towers look amazing!

South Coyote Buttes
South Coyote Buttes
Credit: crunch

Morocco
Morocco
Credit: crunch

Jonny Copp, Standing Rock summit
Jonny Copp, Standing Rock summit
Credit: crunch

Sewing Machine Needle area sunset
Sewing Machine Needle area sunset
Credit: crunch
AlanDoak

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Oct 16, 2013 - 01:04am PT
Drinking with Moses.
Drinking with Moses.
Credit: AlanDoak

Drinking with Moses.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Oct 16, 2013 - 01:26am PT
Thanks for all of the great photos!
And nightmares! You gotta have a screw loose to climb these things
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Oct 16, 2013 - 06:26am PT
Starting the descent off the summit of Jebel Khazali, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Starting the descent off the summit of Jebel Khazali, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Bolted rap anchor. Descending from the summit of Jebel Khazali.
Bolted rap anchor. Descending from the summit of Jebel Khazali.
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Taking a rest in the shade (it was 95 degrees F) and contempla...
Taking a rest in the shade (it was 95 degrees F) and contemplating the next section of down-climbing
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Towers, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Towers, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 16, 2013 - 09:51am PT

Bump!
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Oct 16, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
Second the worthiness of the Desert Towers book by Bartlett!
Credit: thebravecowboy
Credit: thebravecowboy
Credit: thebravecowboy
anyone recognize this tower (Crunch, I suspect your scrappy badlands scouring self might have done it, but the existing hardware seems a little light-duty for a choss-o-phile of your stature).
Credit: thebravecowboy
Credit: thebravecowboy
Credit: thebravecowboy
Bomb
Bomb
Credit: thebravecowboy
Credit: thebravecowboy
Credit: thebravecowboy
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 2, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
"Tower" of a different sort. <br/>
"Tower" of a different sort.

Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 2, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
I think that is a giant sand worm
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:08am PT
Does this thing count? sorta?... no. ok
Credit: Bruce Meo
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:41am PT

IZZIT in the desert, Hank????

hee hee hee. . .
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 3, 2013 - 01:37am PT
Bomb
Bomb
Credit: thebravecowboy
Wow, classic shot of how useless wedge bolts are on desert sandstone!
As my buddy Bruce has noted before, people just spin down the nut until it's out of threads and then apparently think it's good....
crunch

Social climber
CO
Nov 3, 2013 - 11:23am PT
Wow, classic shot of how useless wedge bolts are on desert sandstone!

Yeah, that type of bolt is the absolute worst on soft sandstone.

Rawl/Powers 5-piece has sharper and cleverer mechanism for catching and tightening. Even then it's best to snug up the cone threads, to the point where the cone is just beginning to expand, before tapping the bolt into the hole, to ensure the cone catches properly. These are the bolt of choice, for sure.

On the bolt pictured, the piece of metal that is supposed to catch only has a couple rounded bumps. Fine for tight granite/concrete holes but pretty worthless for the sloppier holes you drill in softer rock.

Plus it's too short.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 4, 2013 - 11:00am PT
"Did you hear about Marge?....."
"Did you hear about Marge?....."
Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
crunch

Social climber
CO
Nov 4, 2013 - 02:27pm PT
blowing off steam
blowing off steam
Credit: crunch
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 4, 2013 - 02:46pm PT
I'm sure The Larry has tagged this fun easy tower, Fat Bastard?





SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 6, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
Credit: SCseagoat
Most of my life I've been a "water" girl growing up on Lake Erie, now living in Santa Cruz and spending a great deal of time at sea. But whenever I'm here something very primal stirs in me. I ride a mountain bike much of the time I'm here, but almost feel sacrilegious, that at best I should be riding a horse, more in tune with the natural environment. I feel privileged to regularly spend time here and hope my actions do not impact this sacred place for those that call it home.

Susan
andy@climbingmoab

Big Wall climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 6, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
If you are a water girl, get on some desert river trips. Cataract, Labyrinth, Desolation Canyon, Westwater, etc are wonderful long river trips through the desert. Some friends and I have put up a bunch of routes in Deso and Ruby/Horsethief you can only access by raft.

Josh and Andrew on the summit of the Siren.
Josh and Andrew on the summit of the Siren.
Credit: andy@climbingmoab
This thing is in Desolation Canyon and is an awesome feature. I wonder if anyone will ever do the second ascent of it.
Slabby D

Trad climber
B'ham WA
Nov 6, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
Perfect timing on the summit of Fang Spire, Zion.

Fang Spire
Fang Spire
Credit: Slabby D
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 7, 2013 - 06:01am PT
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nkgphoto.com(C)1996
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
It's been too long since I have been to the desert....
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 7, 2013 - 11:16am PT
get on some desert river trips

You're absolutely right, time to get outta the saddle and off the rock and on the water...although it's not quite the best season....brrrrr

Susan
Johnny K.

climber
Nov 7, 2013 - 11:25am PT
Desert towers are the best.
Crackslayer

Trad climber
Eldo
Nov 7, 2013 - 12:14pm PT
Here is a cool tower, recently freed at like 12+ or something. Was like 5.10 A1 for me. Schoolmaster at The Wall, Indian Creek:

Credit: Crackslayer


I've got 35 different tower summits (Colorado Plateau), and 60+ summits overall. Anyone over 100 different towers?
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