|The Weasel Formation
Belfry Tower. Hells Bells.
|Type: ||Trad, Aid, 5 pitches, 360', Grade III|
|Consensus: || YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a C1 [details]|
|FA: ||Paul Ross, Andy Ross, and Layne Potter|
|New Route: ||Yes|
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|Submitted By: ||USBRIT on Mar 13, 2003|
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Tools of the trade, FA's are work,but more fun.
The route climbs the south face of Belfry Tower. See photo of tower on the Brits in the Belfry route.
P1) The first pitch follows a good crack system to the top of the pillar down left of the summit. The crack goes over a short roof at about 30'. Follow cracks and grooves past a couple of blocks(2 bolts) to a perfect 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" finishing crack. 160' 5.9 C1. The second followed this pitch free at about 5.11+ apart from a short wide section above the first overhang.
P2) A short easy pitch to a ledge at 35'.
P3) Move down left and then back right to a crack that leads to belays below an overhanging 5" crack. 60' 5.8.
P4) Aid the awkward crack for about 25' and then easier climbing leads into the belfry. 50' 5.6 C1.
P5) Climb the short sqeeze chimney on the north side. 30' 5.7 (this is last section of pitch 3 of Brits in the Belfry).
Descent: Rap down Brits in the Belfry.
FA: Paul Ross, Andy Ross.(var leads), and Layne Potter
Two sets of Friends with extra 1.5, 2, and 4. Two 5 and 6 Friends. Medium to large stoppers. Two 200' ropes for the rap down the Brits in the Belfry route on the north side.
|Photos of Belfry Tower. Hells Bells. Slideshow
Paul heading into the squeeze chimney on the final...
Paul on first pitch. photo.. Layne Potter
Andrew following first pitch
Belfry Tower South Face
Paul on first pitch
Three desert rats on the summit,Layne,Paul and And...
|Comments on Belfry Tower. Hells Bells.
Oct 12, 2004
Note to get to this Formation the directions in the guide are incorrect. Should read :- From the San Rafael Bridge go South for 6.1 miles (NOT 2.2) to road on right (west) with cattle guard Go 1 mile take right hand road. Go 6/10 of a mile take left road . go 1.8 miles to end of road and camp site .. Path up talus to the right.
Jun 18, 2010
no known second ascent as of June 2010