Enormous Sandstone towers distinguish the Moab area from almost any other desert on earth! For climbers, these monoliths provide a climbing experience available nowhere else. Let Aspen Expeditions Worldwide help you ascend one of these beautiful towers.
Castleton Tower: The most popular route, the Kor-Ingalls (5.9) is one of the 50 Classic Climbs of North America. This tower sits solitary. From the summit. one has a view overlooking hundreds of miles of desert and sky and no matter the route, climbing Castleton Tower is a fantastic full day climb. Along with the approach, it includes up to five pitches of crack and face climbing and three rappels back to the talus field. We guide multiple routes on this classic tower, including the Kor-Ingalls and the North Chimney.
The Rectory - Fine Jade (5.11a) is another desert classic! This route follows a beautiful and demanding crack system up the tower's south face for an impressive four pitches.
Sister Superior: This tower sits approximately one mile north of Castleton and The Rectory, providing one of canyon country's finest routes. Jah Man is a stellar advanced (5.10c) route, that serves short but amazing cruxes with easy rappels.
Ancient Art: Our route of choice in the Fisher Towers is Stolen Chimney (5.8 A0 or 5.11a) on Ancient Art. If you have never climbed a tower before, than this is the tower for you! Four wonderful pitches get you over 500 feet off the deck, to the famous diving board and corkscrew summit.
Aspen Multi Pitch Climbing
Our Multi Pitch adventure day is the best option for those climbers who want to get off the ground and climb longer quality routes. During this day we will climb a minimum of 6 pitches and as many as you can handle in a 6-9 hr day. We will focus on transitions and moving efficiently through terrain with an appropriate progression suitable for your ability. We often can link up a number of 2-3 pitch walls like the “Grotto Wall Link”, where we climb all three Grotto Walls with routes from 3-4 pitches at a 5.9 or greater difficulty or longer single pitch routes like “El Diablo De Oro” 5.8+ difficulty in 7 pitches with amazing views of the Elk Mountains. This is a perfect way to train for larger adventures like the Black Canyon and beyond, or to just get some serious mileage on the rock with an AMGA Certified Rock Guide!
All necessary climbing gear is included (ropes, rock shoes, harness, helmet, pack). We can meet you at our shop at the Aspen Highlands Base Village or pick you up at your residence. The climbing areas are only around 15-25 minutes from downtown Aspen, offering amazing views of the surrounding peaks and the Roaring Fork River.
Duration: Full Day (+/- 6-7 hrs.)
Location: The guide will be in touch with you the day before to determine your meeting place and any miscellaneous details. Please call 970-925-7625 for any questions.
Maximum Guide Ratio: Up to 6:1
Fitness Level: All levels of fitness are welcome! Some previous climbing experience is helpful for this multi-pitch adventure.
Includes: AMGA trained/certified mountain guide, use of all technical equipment (helmet, harness, climbing equipment, ropes, packs, etc.), and a 3% USFS land use surcharge.
Not included: water, lunch/snack food, & a gratuity for your guide.
Your guide will contact you the day before at the voice number you give us to discuss an appropriate plan for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time. It is usually recommended to meet at Aspen Expeditions' shop at the base of Aspen Highlands, where we can fit you with climbing shoes and all other necessary climbing gear, including a helmet, harness, ropes, pack, etc. Your guide can also meet you at a pre-determined location as long as you let us know the shoe sizes. You and your guide will decide whether to carpool or drive separately to the climbing area, just 15 minutes outside of Aspen.
A typical full day of multi-pitch rock climbing is +/- 6 hours.
The following items are provided for your climbing day:
- Climbing Equipment
- Socks: thin hiking socks, wool or synthetic
- Bottoms: pants or shorts should be comfortable & allow the freedom of movement
- Top: synthetic or woolt-shirts, tank-tops or long sleeves - no cotton!
- Warm layer:nice to have along as the temperatures can vary with altitude and shade
- Rain Jacket: a waterproof jacket, in case of occasional afternoon rain showers
- Hat: to keep the sun off your face
- Water bottle
- Sunscreen and lip balm: water/sweat-proof
- Personal first-aid kit: for your personal meds/needs
- Camera or Smartphone
- Water, Lunch/Snack food
Summers in Aspen tend to be warm and mild, but temperatures can easily drop as you head up in elevation, for example on Independence Pass. Rain/thunderstorms occasionally occur, more often than not in the afternoon rather than mornings. Rain gear will be essential if necessary. Participants will travel in the backcountry and should be prepared for any or all weather conditions.
Booking/Cancellation policy: AE requires a full credit card or cash/check payment to hold your reservation. Cancellations made within 7 days of a scheduled private or course will be charged full price. Travel Guard insurance is available via aspenexpeditions.com website.
Please note: AEW's number one priority is your safety. Many conditions affect our guides' decisions in the mountains, including client fitness and comfort, weather conditions and route conditions. There are inherent hazards in mountain travel such as inclement weather, avalanches, rock fall, ice fall that our guides manage yet cannot eliminate. The combination of our guides' formal training and wealth of experience assures that their sound decision create an enjoyable and safe mountain experience.Aspen Expeditions reserves the right to turn around or change routes without refunds or credits under any conditions.
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