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Marshmallow Tower 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 20'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Adam Stackhouse on Aug 1, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: transition from 5.9 traverse to 5.10+ finger crack...

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This is the obvious looking tower just behind and left of Tower 2. Both of these classic routes (left and right) start on the backside, and realistically must be lead (although years ago after much consternation we swung the rope over and batman'd up one side to set up a TR). Going up and right (facing east)is definitely the easier of the two, with the left (facing west) taking a palmy, minimal feet traverse with dubious pro to a dead vertical crack (probably 5.11a).


Just behind Tower Two. Largish tower with a marshmallow shaped head on top.


Thin to 2.5" Bolts for belay/lower off

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down at the Marshmallow Tower from atop th...
BETA PHOTO: Looking down at the Marshmallow Tower from atop th...
Rock Climbing Photo: JD begins the funky PG13 traverse on the Marshmall...
JD begins the funky PG13 traverse on the Marshmall...
Rock Climbing Photo: The left or west side route (5.11a) of the Marshma...
BETA PHOTO: The left or west side route (5.11a) of the Marshma...

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By Scotty Nelson
From: Boulder
Sep 28, 2006

This is a stout 10c
By mschlocker
From: San Diego, CA
Sep 5, 2008
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Don't let Scotty intimidate you. The right crack is not a bad lead. The left crack is definitely 5.11.

One big cam for the start (#4 C4, backclean) and the rest is TCU to 1". Brave souls may want to bypass the starting cam. The left variation looks like a dangerous lead but can be TR'd after you get to the top.
By Perchalot
From: San Diego, CA
Oct 25, 2013

Edit: After looking at the picture posted here, I'm pretty sure the triangle shaped block has since moved. It leans out a few inches now and it moves if you grab it.

Correct me if I'm wrong here, this was my first time on it.

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