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Ghost Dancer Spire 


Type:  Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus: C1+ [details]
FA: Paul Ross , Layne Potter, 8th Jan., 2002
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Little Chamonix on Jan 2, 2008

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First Ascent Ghost Dancer Spire.


Follow fix nails, tied off lumps and things. This could be free climbed.


This is located high up the hillside opposite (east?) the Pot Hole Parking area. It requires about a 20-30 minute hike.


Tie offs, slings. Rope.

Photos of Ghost Dancer Spire Slideshow Add Photo
Nice silhouette.
Nice silhouette.
More FA.
More FA.
The summit block.
The summit block.
Nathan on the lead.
Nathan on the lead.
The spire as viewed from the Pot Holes parking are...
The spire as viewed from the Pot Holes parking are...
P. Ross on the first ascent.
P. Ross on the first ascent.
More FA.
More FA.
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Send it!

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By Jason Kaplan
From: Glenwood ,Co
Apr 26, 2009

So the nails are for protection? How big are they? No hangers, straight up pounded into dirt? This thing looks pretty sweet, but how solid is it?
By Little Chamonix
From: Cumbria.UK
Apr 26, 2009

Quite solid...go have a look.
By Jason Kaplan
From: Glenwood ,Co
May 14, 2009

I'll have to do that. It looks really awesome, why only 2 stars?
By Legs Magillicutty
From: Littleton
Sep 11, 2009

Any idea what it goes at free?
By Jason Kaplan
From: Glenwood ,Co
Nov 22, 2009

Wow! This thing is wild! We finally got back out there and got to the base of it with enough time. Somehow I talked my friend Nathan into leading it as I figured he would get more out of the experience then I would. He found it to be a little tough and pretty intimidating. At about the 2/3 point, he was standing on a rock ledge that blew out on him, the nail that caught him was not so solid he said. Seemed he thought he could pull it out with his fingers! Also, you might want to be good at high stepping as it seemed a lot of nails were out of reach for him. He ended up lassoing most of them from lower in his ladders.

I'm going to have to come back and lead it, 'cause it's wicked!

So for C2 or 3 to be possible on this sort of thing I'm guessing you get 2 options, lasso protruding rocks and tie them off instead of putting in nails except where there is no other option, or the dirt has to be soft enough to make the nails suspect right? or a combo of both.

Good luck on a free ascent legs, it would be a horror show I would guess, but maybe after you top roped the piss out of it.
By Little Chamonix
From: Cumbria.UK
Dec 2, 2009

Go to it, lads...you're almost there. It is a LOT more solid than the Palisade piles of choss...sending a few more pics. P.S. the nails are 8" long. I did tie off at least one of the stones?
By tooTALLtim
From: Boulder, CO
May 15, 2010

You guys must have some great health insurance and wickedly expensive life insurance!
By rmaultsby
From: grand junction, co
Oct 13, 2011

Climbed this Tuesday. Fun. Scary. Surprisingly solid.
By Nick Broeder
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Nov 27, 2011
rating: C1+

Climbed this today, fun little dicy aid route on an awesome dirt tower. I definitely see this thing going free. The bigger rocks are pretty solid, and I felt pretty relaxed doing free moves out of my ladders all the way up. It might be scary, but it would be a bold free ascent for sure. The only part I see being a problem would be getting on and over the caprock; there could be a way though. If no one jumps on it, I might have to give it a shot...top two nails before the caprock need to be pounded in a bit, they are a bit loose, and the top nail before the caprock is showing about 4 inches and is very scary. I free climbed around it to reach the bomber bolt on the caprock.
By scottvan
Sep 16, 2012

Aided up this thing today. SUPER FUN!! Thank you for putting this up! My buddy climbed it on TR and called it 5.8 with a 5.9 move onto the capstone. It would be a VERY sketchy lead though. I was able to pull out one of the nails by hand (after I hung on it), but I tapped it back in pretty solid on my way down. It should be good for a day or two.
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