This route ascends the North face of the lower & upper buttresses or ribs of Witches' Tower & Sherwood Forest with an optional traverse pitch in between them. While currently still scruffy & loose in places, this route could clean up into a nice, low-end moderate. There is room for more trad routes on either buttress. Cross the creek via Tyrolean or wade. Approach along the creek on a decent path. Shortly after the path heads uphill toward the sport climbs on the West face, break off left to the base of the lower chunk of rock. Find the left edge of the North face of Witches' Tower.
P1. This starts on the left edge of the North face of Witches' Tower. Ascend near an arÍte of sorts, pass a flexing proboscis-like flake. There is a black Alien placement to the right. Stand on it and gain the crux face moves. Move up & right on to easier terrain. Pass some large hanging flakes/boulders on their left. Find a broken ledge system about half height. Continue up wider, lower-angle cracks to the top of the buttress. 120 feet, 5.8.
P2. You can avoid the small gendarmes by moving left or, if you are of the mountaineering spirit, hop a number of small gendarmes (a bit contrived) with the cruxes being on the first & last of these. Note, there are definitely loose blocks, not cleared yet, along this path. Belay at a tree at a notch on the left side of the North face of Sherwood Forest. You can exit here down a steep path-like direction East if needed. 110 feet, 5.7 s.
P3. Continue up the L edge of the N face of Sherwood Forest. Weave in and around cracks, blocks (some of which are loose), as you trend R to the summit of Sherwood Forest. 140 feet, 5.7.
Other lines may be unearthed on Sherwood Forest's N face....
Walk off around the buttresses on the West side on loose scree & connect with the path below the West face sport climbs.
1.12 stars for the line & adventure :)
Wires, Aliens, cams to #3 Camalot.
Deb Thompson on P1.
BETA PHOTO: Best attempt at line.
BETA PHOTO: It's My Swamp, as I navigated it.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 26, 2008
Not too hard or runout, but certainly an 'adventure climb.' Plenty of lichen and a few loose blocks. The grade on the first pitch seemed about right. No single trip up this thing with a brush will make it clean, but the route would be tremendously improved with a some effort from each of several of the next attempts... take a brush. Also, perhaps 50 or 60 feet up there is a flake/spike to the right that someone's second could push off after verifying that the trail is clear.