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YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5c R

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ British: E3 5c [details]
FA: unknown
Season: Late spring to fall
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Submitted By: jeremy freeman on May 13, 2011
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BETA PHOTO: the summit!

Description 

This route follows the most obvious line on Cobblers Tower. No information was known about the route beforehand, though a rusty bolt here and there were found along the way, and during our effort a handful more were placed. A fit and able party could make a huge day of it, but it's recommended to set up camp near the base.

P1: Climb a low-angle ramp to access the obvious rounded right-facing flake, pass a bulge and belay on top of the feature (5.7).

P2: Climb past two bolts on the slab. From here head up the next corner then traverse left to a steep headwall littered with huge jugs, then gain the splitter crack and belay here (5.7).

P3: Climb the chimney/corner and belay at a stance on the right with a bolt anchor (5.7).

P4: From the belay head straight up on 5.8 face to the bolt (very runout). A farther bolt out right leads to the base of the seam - either free climb or clean aid, belay on ledge (5.11a R/5.8 R C2).

P5: Climb the mungy crack to the big ledge (5.8).

P6: Easy 5th with a short crux (5.6?) to a huge ledge with a big tree (5.6).

P7: Continue to the summit via 4th-easy 5th class (do not miss the v1 dyno boulder problem, classic).

Descent: Retrace your steps back to the big tree and rappel from there. The first rappel will get you to the gulley that runs behind the Cobblers Tower (summer snow likely). Rappel again from a large bush down the gulley to the saddle. From here scramble down 4th class ramps and corners including a squeeze behind a chock stone and some route finding back to the base.


Location 

Cobblers Tower, Grey Towers, Mayfield Canyon approach.


Protection 

Double rack to 3", one 4"
One 60m rope will do it



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follow the line
BETA PHOTO: follow the line
Peace making around the fire
Peace making around the fire
Tai Devore starts up pitch 1
BETA PHOTO: Tai Devore starts up pitch 1
Cobblers Tower from the base (left), descent gulley to the right.
Cobblers Tower from the base (left), descent gulle...
Jeremy Freeman starts the 2nd pitch
BETA PHOTO: Jeremy Freeman starts the 2nd pitch
Center Cobblers Direct
BETA PHOTO: Center Cobblers Direct
Adam Winters on the left variation of pitch 4, Jeremy Freeman belaying.
BETA PHOTO: Adam Winters on the left variation of pitch 4, Jer...
Adam Winters makes the second rappel down the gulley.  Scramble down from here.
BETA PHOTO: Adam Winters makes the second rappel down the gull...
P6 getting cold
BETA PHOTO: P6 getting cold
Sexy bivy
BETA PHOTO: Sexy bivy
looking down on the bivy
BETA PHOTO: looking down on the bivy
wheeler crest power food
BETA PHOTO: wheeler crest power food
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