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Monitor and Merrimac Buttes

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Monitor and Merrimac Buttes Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Stacy Bender on Mar 22, 2002
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Looking at the Monitor from the base of the Merrim...

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


These are two impressive formations that can't be missed as you drive about 3 miles southwest into Tusher Canyon. They are a softer sandstone; easy on your hands, but can crumble with pressure. Most climbs are hard trad mixed with aid. Be prepared to leave webbing since any you find is most likely years old. This area is not climbed in much, and the isolation is a big part of the fun. Any climb on these rocks takes big balls since the softness of the rock makes even good looking gear placements questionable.

Getting There 

The directions for the Tusher Canyon area will get you in view of these formation. After that, you can continue to try following the directions or, as I did, just follow any 4x4 road heading towards them. A little trial and error is just as quick as stopping at every crossing or Y to reread the directions. If you are in a jeep, and you should be, it's fun just getting there anyway. Just don't be a jerk by taking shortcuts off the existing roads. Allow yourself a full day to get in, do a climb or two and get out.

Climbing Season

For the Moab Area area.

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Monitor and Merrimac Buttes

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Monitor and Merrimac Buttes:
Monitor Butte, The Plunge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A2     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 175'   
Without A Net   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X     Trad   
Merrimac Butte, The Albatross   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
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Merrimac Butte, The Albatross 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  UT : Moab Area : ... : Monitor and Merrimac Buttes
A sustained thin-hand splitter on pretty damn good Entrada comprises the first pitch. Belay on a ledge halfway up the butte. The second pitch follows a narrowing crack until you can worm into the chimney and wriggle to the top (5.10+). ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Rock Climbing Photo: Taken 3/13/02 two or three miles east of the Butte...
BETA PHOTO: Taken 3/13/02 two or three miles east of the Butte...
Rock Climbing Photo: Monitor and Merrimac
Monitor and Merrimac
Rock Climbing Photo: Monitor Butte from between the two.
Monitor Butte from between the two.
Rock Climbing Photo: A giant pothole on the summit of Monitor Butte... ...
A giant pothole on the summit of Monitor Butte... ...

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