|Type:||Trad, 2 pitches, 225'|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]|
|FA:||John Burcham, Seth Dyer|
|Submitted By:||markguycan on Apr 13, 2012|
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By Zach Harrison
Mar 17, 2015
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
|Desert mule is one of the coolest towers in the area! Varied, steep, burly, scenic, esoteric. The gear list is pretty spot on, but mortals would like doubles of BD#.4 also. More like 140 feet long, but very worthy. One of the few mini towers worth a repeat, it has really good climbing. An overlooked gem.|
By Kevin Kent
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 20, 2015
This is definitely an unheralded classic. Beautiful aesthetic tower, awesome hero climbing (especially on the 2nd pitch), and it being totally safe make for a very fun outing! If you're worried about it I didn't think any of the OW was harder than 5.10. The crux top-out on slopers is very solid 11 though!
A little note on the approach, you should be under the tower after about 30 minutes of hiking, it'll be on your right. I would advise starting up the wash that drains directly below the tower, after 3-5 minutes get up on the ridge on the left and follow the path of least resistance up to the buttress, and then traverse right to the tower.
The route sees shade until mid-afternoon all year long.