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One of the more outlandish moderate routes around Moab, Happy Turk Hoodoo is an easy aid route up a photogenic ice cream cone shaped tower. It is also known as the Golf Ball for obvious reasons.
This one is photogenic and fun! The route is essentially a bolt ladder, C1, though some trickery might be involved in clipping the first bolt as it is a bit high, and there is a little free climbing at the top.
Do this one before the tower eventually falls down in a year, 10 years, 1000 years, who knows....
From downtown Moab, head to south to Kane Creek Blvd. Turn right on Kane Creek Blvd. (This is currently where the McDonald's and Burger King are.)
The original way to clip the first bolt involved driving close to the base of the tower, standing on your car roof, and stretching to reach the first clip. The road, however, has now been closed. Now you'll need to stick clip it from the ground. This is likely the crux, as the bolts use chain links instead of hangers, so clipping is tricky. It goes free at hard 5.11 if you don't want to stick clip.
However you get the first bolt clipped, just follow the bolt line to the top. Several bolts are spaced a bit and require top stepping or a good reach. A couple of free moves guard the top. Rock climbing shoes are recommended to make these moves. Rappel from bolts on top.
|Happy Turk Hoodoo||
12S 621998mE 4260297mN
N38° 28' 58" W109° 36' 05"