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Description 

Bastion Towers are just below and south of the Rockfellow Dome proper. Bastion Towers forms the south end of the Rockfellow Group. Loosely several spires in one, this area is host to the super classic Forest Lawn (5.9), and it's Pair a Grins variation (5.10c), among a few other less traveled routes.


Getting There 

Approach from the east side as for Rockfellow Group.


2 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bastion Towers:
Forest Lawn   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Pair a Grins   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
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Photo taken by the climber who was the cover model of Bob Kerry's Backcountry Rockclimbing in Southern Arizona (same route, same pose).

Forest Lawn 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a  AZ : Cochise Stronghold : ... : Bastion Towers
The first pitch is the classic pitch and gets the stars. It is a classic layback crack in a left facing corner. Pumpy and steep for about 45 feet or so, then the angle lessens. Finish at a two bolt belay. There is a thank God rest just when you need it.The second pitch is a full rope length up a grungy 5.7 crack. It's okay but not up to the quality of the first. A double rope rap from the top of pitch one will get you to the ground if you don't like the looks of pitch 2. The second pitch e...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By David Baltz
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nov 30, 2009

We climbed an undocumented bolted route on the south side of Bastion Towers. There are actualy two bolted routes a few feet apart. We did the left route which went at about 10a and ended on a nice ledge with rap anchors (a single rope rap will barely reach). An offwidth crack led up from there. The route to the right looked very nice also but is probably a bit harder. Both routes are clip-ups.