Otto's Route, Independence Monument 5.9


Desert Towers, Utah, USA

  • Currently 5.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 3-5 hours
Approach time: 40 minutes - 1 hour
Descent time: 2 hours
Number of pitches: 4
Height of route: 350'
This is the most moderate major tower in this guidebook and probably all the Colorado Plateau. That said, it is not easy and while the protection is good at crux moves, there are often long runouts on easier terrain. The route is moderate for two reasons: First, the climb follows a large ramp and chimney sections (no chimney moves required) and second, whenever the climbing gets steep, there are large drilled pockets for handholds. Each pitch is varied, fun, and manufactured for your climbing comfort.
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  • Desert Rock II: Wall Street to the San Rafael Swell, by Eric Bjornstad
  • Desert Rock III: Moab to Colorado National Monument, by Eric Bjornstad
Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: April 6, 2016
Independence Monument - Otto's Route 5.9 - Desert Towers, Utah, USA. Click to Enlarge
Otto's Route from near the approach.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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