I've been out in the Utah desert finishing some photos and book research for the second edition of my book Rock Climbing Utah, which came out 15 years ago, and climbing sandstone cliffs and towers. Last Friday was a "work" day so I hiked all through the Fisher Towers east of Moab and made photographs of the major rock formations and climbing routes.
The biggest and baddest tower at the Fishers is The Titan, which, at 900 feet high, is the tallest free-standing sandstone tower in not only the United States but also the Western Hemisphere.
The impressive monument was first climbed by my old friends Layton Kor, Huntley Ingalls, and George Hurley on May 12 and 13, 1962 via the classic Finger of Fate Route (IV 5.8 C3). Huntley later wrote an article--Climbing Utah's Skyscraper--that appeared in National Geographic Magazine.
Above is a photograph of The Titan's southwest prow. The Sundevil Chimney, a spectacular free and aid route directly up the prow, is a difficult line with a rating of VI 5.9 C3.
Around the corner to the left is an 11-pitch route established last year by Spanish climbers David Palmada and Esther Olle. One pitch of the route, named Look Out! Danger, received the unprecedented aid rating of A6+.
Photograph above: The Titan at the Fisher Towers near Moab is the tallest freestanding sandstone tower in the Western Hemisphere. Photograph © Stewart M. Green