Hide Out Tower
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Ross and Potter arriving on the summit
Starts at the right side of the tower where a hand crack leads up through a large alcove.
P1) Climb the hand crack to double anchors 50' 5.8
P2) Step out left and make a couple of aid moves into a groove system that leads into the center of the face. Double anchors above a slim flake that requires care when passing. 130' 5.8+ C1.
P3) This pitch is only about 25' and could be added to P2, but one may get bad rope drag. Move out left to a good ledge then back right past a bolt to the summit and double anchors. 25' 5.9.
Descent: One long rap from the summit.
From the I70 underpass take the right fork, another right fork at .5 miles(straight ahead is the Locomotive Mesa), and another right at .7 to a wire gate at 1.4 miles. The tower is in view to the right of the mesa straight ahead(Train Robbers Mesa). Past the gate take another right at 1.8, then at 1.9 go left on a less used dirt road. Drive .7 mile to a good camp site and a 5 minute walk to the foot of the tower
Standard desert rack . Two 60m ropes
P.Ross on the first pitch.
By Paul S
From: Fruita, CO
Sep 13, 2015
The slim flake on P2 is terrifying! It's probably 15' by 2' and just resting there. With every jam it would groan and flex. If I were to ever do it again I'd bring a few hooks and aid up to the right of it rather than risking bringing that all down again. On the plus side, P1 was fun and the summit amazing. I was rope solo and didn't have to worry about rope drag, but linking P2 & 3 seemed to make sense because the last pitch is so short and easy and it'd avoid an uncomfortable belay. You'd just have to put a lot of runners on your gear.
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Sep 14, 2015
Well done Paul..great to see someone having a real adventure in the desert.A bit of danger makes such climbs unforgettable.