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Arch Tower.. "Knot in My Backyard" T 
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Arch Tower.. "Knot in My Backyard" 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 250', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Steve Bartlett Paul Ross (alt leads) Layne Potter. O3/01/06
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: USBRIT on Apr 24, 2006

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On The Summit First Ascent Arch Tower


The Arch Tower has a detached arch on its west side, and was named in the hiking guide book by Allen.

"Knot in My Backyard" III 5.9. The route takes the obvious line of deep grooves and cracks on the east end of the tower. Start around the right corner (left end of the north face) up a right-facing flake/chimney.

P1) One move of aid on a 3.5 camalot leads to an awkward entry into the chimney. Continue up a nice hand crack over a bulge, then angle left and up easier terrain to a two bolt belay.130' C0 5.9

P2) Up the groove on the right to easier climbing and a two bolt belay. 80' 5.8.

P3). Scramble 4th class to the summit 40'

Rap the route, two ropes.


Northern Reef, Smith Cabin Area. From the parking area, walk west and in 5 minutes enter an open canyon with a stream. Continue and in 10 minutes the canyon narrows with rock walls and trees. Keep left and after 15 minutes pass large potholes. At 24 minutes go up the canyon on the right. At 30 minutes reach 4 way canyons, go left up slabs, and at about 45 minutes Arch Tower comes into view. Do not take the canyon on the right, but instead go around the rocky mesa to the left, and then diagonal up to the base of the tower. Total time from the parking area is about one hour and ten minutes.


One set of cams from 0.75" to 2.5" Four 3.0", One 3.5" and One #5 Camalot

Photos of Arch Tower.. "Knot in My Backyard" Slideshow Add Photo
Paul topping out on pitch 2
Paul topping out on pitch 2
Crusher on First Pitch of Arch Tower
Crusher on First Pitch of Arch Tower
Crusher and Layne on the Summit
Crusher and Layne on the Summit
Layne Potter and Paul Ross on summit of Arch Tower
Layne Potter and Paul Ross on summit of Arch Tower

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By Paul S
From: Fruita, CO
Sep 7, 2014

Beautiful adventure tower. Two rappels with a single 70 m rope will get you down. I believe I did the 1st pitch slightly different than what's described here. I started on the east face, rather than around the corner. There wasn't a need to do a move of aid to get into the chimney, just some lie backing. Also, up towards the top of P1 I continued straight up instead of heading left after the bulge. P2 had some heads up climbing avoiding some death blocks, besides that the rock was surprisingly good!
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Sep 8, 2014

Glad you had fun and it was worth the hike. Cheers
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