Climbs 13
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 1641m a.s.l
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The Fisher Towers is one of the most difficult places in the desert to climb, but also one of the most spectacular. The towers are huge soaring fins of mud up to 1000 feet high. Nearly all the routes on the major towers are at least Grade IVs, and there is more than one Grade VI here. 

The Fishers have a lot of history. Shortly after making the first ascent of Castleton, Layton Kor came here to climb the largest tower, the Titan. The extremely difficult ascent of the Finger of Fate route was the subject of a National Geographic article, and is one of the 50 Classic Climbs of North America. After Kor climbed the Titan, Harvey Carter dominated the scene by making first ascents of every other major tower and most of the smaller ones. 

The Cutler sandstone is actually very hard, but doesn't fracture into continuous crack systems like most other sandstone. The rock is also covered with a thick layer of mud, which makes the climbing dirty, loose, difficult, and sometimes very dangerous. The caprock for the towers is Moenkopi. 

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Lizard Rock
2 Entry Fee
5.9 4
3 leaping Lizards
5.10a 5
4 Entry Lizards
5.9 2
  Dock Rock
6 Impish
5.5 * 1
  Kingfisher Tower
8 Colorado Northeast Ridge * 5.8 c2 ***  
Climb name Grade
  Ancient Art
10 Stolen Chimney 5.10d *** 65
  The Cobra
12 The Cobra
13 Finger of Fate 5.12c *** 1
  Echo Tower
15 Phantom Spirit
Climb name Grade
  Cottontail Tower
17 West Side Storey
  The Titan
19 Finger of Fate
A2 1
  Top of the World Overlook
21 Cooler Than jesus
  The Hindu
23 Maverick C2 1
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