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North America’s 50 Classic Climbs: Ancient Art

North of Utah’s adventure capital, Moab, sits the sandstone citadel known as Fisher Towers.

Hidden among its crumbling mudstone spires is a route of unsurpassed quality called Ancient Art. The route’s fame is such that climbers travel from all over the world to experience the line and snap a photo atop its corkscrew summit.

Fine Jade

Its incredible dripped-wax appearance is due to the soft nature of the rock which has been known to erode rapidly in heavy storms.

The summit itself is already no bigger than the size of a dinner plate.