Sleep On A Desert Tower

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Sleep On A Desert Tower

Sleep on a desert tower this summer with Apex Mountain School. This is the perfect opportunity to take a Multi-Pitch Climbing Trip to new heights and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Multi-pitch climbing involves climbing routes that are longer than the length of the rope. Your guide will climb up to anchors where he/she will then belay you to where he is. Once everyone in the party is at the first set of anchors you will repeat the process and inch your way to the top of a desert tower. When the party reaches the summit they will set up camp, tents and enjoy dinner with the best view. After spending the night over 100 feet above the ground you will enjoy breakfast before rappelling back to the ground.

Potential Topics

  • Knots
  • Anchor Evaluation
  • Efficient Climbing
  • Gear placement, climbing efficiently and placing gear.


Climb the edge of the Colorado Plateau in The Colorado National Monument or challenge yourself on a spire at the famous Fisher Towers in Utah. These mountain and desert multi-pitch towers are known as some of the most spectacular tower climbs in the world.

One of our most unforgettable experiences is an overnight stay atop a 12 foot wide desert tower summit! Climb this 500 foot tower and anchor in on top for the night. In the morning, awake to watch an amazing sunrise over western Colorado. Make multiple rappels to the ground and enjoy a reflective morning hike out of the desert.

This trip might be one of the best experiences of your lifetime. You’ll soon realize why these formations have gained the reputation of being some of the most exciting rock towers around. Multi-pitch climbing a tower is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Booking / More Info

Sleeping on a desert tower is available for all ability and fitness levels. No multi-pitch experience is necessary. Our flexible itineraries can be built around your abilities and goals. Ready to sign up? Register with the accompanying calendar, call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.


Learn new techniques on our Multi-Pitch Overnighter.


Available daily


2 days


Fruita, CO


Moderate – Difficult


See our inclusion policy for special group requests.


(Use Photo Below as a Reference) 

  • Waterproof shell
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom(thin)
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear top (medium)
  • Midlayer top and bottom
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Finger belay gloves
  • Medium weight warm gloves
  • Extra Socks (synthetic base) 
  • Head Lamp
  • Lightweight warm sleeping bag (20 Degree) 
  • Closed Cell foam pad
  • Tennis shoes or trail shoes for approach hike
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  •  5 liters (1.5 gallons) of water per person  
  • Five freezer size zip locks bags
  • Toilet paper bag (bags/toilet paper for waste disposal)  
  • Food (2 [mountain house] freeze dried meals)/Snacks (base off of your own caloric needs)
  • Electrolyte drink mix for 2 of 3 liters of water 
  • Eating Utensil(s)
  • Day backpack (30 to 45 Liters)


  •  Buff for sun protection
  •  Sun Hat
  •  Chalk Bag
  • Instant Coffee
  • Inflatable camp pillow
  • Extra inflatable sleeping pad
  • Camera
  • Extra cash for souvenirs, food, etc.
  • Reading material (books, magazines, etc.)


  • Porta-ledge
  • Harnesses
  • Climbing shoes
  • Helmet
  • Proper climbing hardware
    • PAS or double length nylon runner
    • Belay Device
    • 3 locking carabiners

During times of Covid-19 concern please bring:
Face mask, Hand Sanitizer, Rubber Gloves (if desired)

Andrew Kirchhoff
Andrew Kirchhoff
July 1, 2022.
My teen sons and I had an amazing time rappelling with Bob in Vail! Apex provided everything we needed and accommodated our last minute booking. Thank you Apex!!
June 29, 2022.
Myself and my family had a awesome time repelling. Thanks to Bob we had fun while staying safe. I would recommend for anyone seeking a thrilling experience.
Colin Kirchhoff
Colin Kirchhoff
June 29, 2022.
Bob was a fantastic guide! Despite never repelling before, Bob never failed to make us feel safe and confident enough to have fun. 10/10 experience. Thank you so much!
Beth Ann Rosica
Beth Ann Rosica
June 28, 2022.
We had an amazing day climbing with Bob! We had 4 kids between 13 and 15, and Bob coached all of them to the top! He was patient and encouraging and kept everyone safe! I highly recommend Apex for a climbing experience! The kids are hooked on climbing and loved the adventure!
Jack Saussy
Jack Saussy
June 27, 2022.
My family had a great day climbing with Bob. He was very knowledgeable about the routes and equipment and turned our half day of climbing into a lesson. I plan to get my own shoes and join a gym at home because of this great experience, I highly recommend Apex Mountain School!
Jamie Schmid
Jamie Schmid
February 7, 2022.
We had such a blast ice climbing with our guide Jesse! He was so helpful and motivating and never made us feel like we were terrible at climbing even though it was our first time haha and he was so patient with all my picture taking and getting great shots! Would 1,000% recommend!
Joe Mahoney
Joe Mahoney
January 18, 2022.
Took my AIARE 1 through APEX. It was hard to decide with so many options out there. Look no further, APEX is exactly what you're looking for. I walked away with the exact knowledge I was hoping to get, and more. Josh V was our instructor and is extremely knowledgeable, had great answers to all of our questions and was just great to hang out with in the backcountry. Can't recommend these guys enough.
Shannon M.
Shannon M.
December 6, 2021.
Recently took the Level 1 AIARE Course with Apex and had a great experience. All of the instructors were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about snow safety and answered all questions in great detail to ensure the students learned as much as possible in the 3 day course. It was a very hands on experience and we were even able to do lots of field work despite the low snow conditions right now. Will definitely come back for another course, and looking forward to more backcountry travel with all the new info learned!
kurt albertson
kurt albertson
November 24, 2021.
Apex Mountain School is a wonderful outdoor educational and guide service! Recently took the level one AIARE and Avalanche Rescue course through Apex. Our instructors Andy and Mike were highly professional, knowledgeable and very engaging instructors that were very passionate about snow safety and teaching others about best practices to enjoy their experiences safely in the backcountry. Would highly recommend anyone regardless of experience to take a course with Apex. Looking forward to continuing my outdoor experiences with Apex in the future via additional educational courses as well as the opportunity for private guided trips. Excellent people and a great experience!!!
Tom Watson
Tom Watson
November 23, 2021.
I took the AIARE 1 course with Apex Mountain school and it was truly an amazing experience. Andy was a outstanding instructor, he fostered a culture in the group that encouraged participation, teamwork, learning and fun! The knowledge and tools learned in the course were second to none. We were fortunate to have a small group of 5, and this allowed for a lot of questions, learn by doing, and overall really fun time. I cannot recommend Apex Mountain School enough.