I spent the last several days in the Moab area visiting friends and doing some rock climbing. The temperatures were a bit hot, but manageable. Our objective was the Colorado Northeast Ridge on Kingfisher Tower. It was a solid introduction to aid climbing/big wall climbing as well as a great way to explore to the Fisher Towers. You have to be there, surrounded by spirals of mud, to appreciate the beauty, drama and occasional horror of climbing in the Fishers.
The Fisher Towers are made up of the Cutler Formation which is an abrasive sand and mudstone. If these pictures make it look like I was clawing my way up a big pile of mud, it is because I was!
The Colorado Northeast Ridge (IV 5.8 C2) climbs the right skyline of the Kingfisher Tower.
The next day we swapped mud for some solid sandstone. My friend Jim took us to Wall Street to sample some area classics. We then drove further up Potash road and climbed several excellent Indian Creek style cracks on Wingate sandstone up Longs Canyon. We sampled a good variety of Moab's unique climbing in just two days; I can't wait to get back down to the desert for some more blue sky days and splitter cracks.