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Northwest Ridge/West Face 

YDS: Easy 5th French: 1+ Ewbanks: 3 UIAA: I ZA: 5 British: M 1c Easy Snow

   
Type:  Trad, Snow, Alpine, 450', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: Easy 5th French: 1+ Ewbanks: 3 UIAA: I ZA: 5 British: M 1c [details]
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Submitted By: Cam Reade on Aug 28, 2011

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Overhanging Tower from Cirque Lake

Description 

From the col. move up and west, hitting ramps that lead across the west face of the tower. (fairly well established rock carins once you find the first one) Most of this route is only 4th class so climb accordingly. The last 100' feet has a few steps that warrant the use of a rope. Decend the route you came up. This route is exceedingly dangerous when wet.

Location 

First tower South West of the Wolf's Head

Protection 

light rack and short rope.


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Downclimbing what felt like the crux of the route
Downclimbing what felt like the crux of the route
On the NW Ridge of Overhanging Tower
On the NW Ridge of Overhanging Tower
Scrambling on Overhanging Tower
Scrambling on Overhanging Tower
Descending from the summit of Overhanging Tower. Good views of Bollinger Peak (left) & Wolfs Head (right).
Descending from the summit of Overhanging Tower. G...

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By Sarah Meiser
From: Boulder, Colorado
Jul 4, 2012
rating: Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Easy Snow

To find the start of the cairned route (and path of least resistance) look for a dihedral that is obvious from the col and very close to it. Its got a nice crack going up the left side. We were comfortable scrambling up and down the route sans rope but having one along still seemed like a good idea.
By BackAtItAgain
Aug 21, 2012
rating: 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c Easy Snow

Fun route for either a rest day - or a trip without gear. We did this with rock shoes and no rope. Not bad at all. Top 25' to the top is a bit slabby - but chickenheads abound...

Great summit!
By Floridaputz
From: Oakland Park, Florida
Jul 19, 2013

Climbed by solo in 2008. The scramble to the col very loose. Ledges up and right to the west side. I took a narrow chimney to the slab finish. I down climbed a crack just to the left which was definitely a little more tricky. You can sit on top and take in the entire cirque, really awesome. Sitting on that small summit is exposed and exciting.