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Mad Dogs and Englishmen 


Type:  Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 90'
Original: C1+ [details]
FA: Paul Ross, second did not follow. 21 Jan /2001
New Route: Yes
Page Views: 2,256
Submitted By: USBRIT on Jan 1, 2008

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Paul Ross rapping from the summit after the first ...


Climb the west side of the tower, follow nail heads using tie-offs. One or two nails were a bit difficult to place as the leader, after about three placements, managed to hit his fingers full force with the hammer which for a while resulted in much pain and blood. However, the situation soon made that inconvenience irrelevant. Quite solid shale. There are good anchors on the summit block.

Note I once tried to approach the tower from the bottom but it is very steep shale and may only be possible with crampons etc


To reach this tower hike up the Mt. Garfield trail to above the middle cliff section. Then hike above this until one arrives above the tower. Scramble down a ridge to rap anchors. The approach takes about one hour.


Follow nails, tie offs, etc.

Photos of Mad Dogs and Englishmen Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the tower.
Starting the tower.
Rock Climbing Photo: The route.
BETA PHOTO: The route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ross on top of the 90' Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
Ross on top of the 90' Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
Rock Climbing Photo: A) Mad Dogs and Englishmen. B) Passport to the Gol...
BETA PHOTO: A) Mad Dogs and Englishmen. B) Passport to the Gol...
Rock Climbing Photo: A)Tom Thumb's Tallywag. B)Bug-Eyed Monster. C) Mad...
BETA PHOTO: A)Tom Thumb's Tallywag. B)Bug-Eyed Monster. C) Mad...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at the pillar.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up at the pillar.

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By m-earle
From: USA
Jan 3, 2008

When you say "nails," do you literally mean nails used for construction pounded into the shale? Sounds like fun! Would love to check that out.... I think.
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Jan 15, 2008

They are about 8"x 3/8". Hardware stores call them spikes.
By SW Marlatt
From: Arvada, CO
Apr 17, 2008

Um - not to nitpick, but if you're hammering in iron, shouldn't your rating (C1) reflect it. Say, A1 or A2?
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
May 21, 2008

To SW. I may be wrong on this but I grade C1 when following ascents do not need to hammer anything into the rock (shale) as with this route all nails are already in place.
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Jun 30, 2014

No recorded second ascent as of 2015.

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