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Rising Sons 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b C2

   
Type:  Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 300', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b C2 [details]
FA: Shingo Ohkawa, Paul Ross, Andy Ross Nov 7th 2012
New Route: Yes
Page Views: 695
Submitted By: USBRIT on Nov 9, 2012

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Paul and Andy on summit.Beautiful November day

Description 

Rising Son takes a direct line up the SW face of the tallest of tower of the Family Butte known as Mother Tower. Overall the white wingate rock is excellent.

P1) The climb goes up an offwidth that starts up an awkward overhung V groove. Struggle up the crack (two #6 two #5 one #4 friends useful) that crosses the climb that goes up the Daughter Tower to the right past two bolts on this climb to double anchors on the sloping ledge. 80' 5.7 C1

P2) Move into the fine right facing corner which is climbed mainly on cams plus 5 bolts to a small ledge and double anchors. A nice pitch. 140' C2

P3) From the belay, move right and follow eight bolts up the headwall to a mantle then finish up easy climbing to the summit. There is a three bolt anchor in place from the route on the NW side of the tower. 80' 5.6 C1

Descent. Rap from the anchors 100' to ledges on the NW side of the tower. Scramble down trending right to around the north end of the towers.

The climb might go free but it will be no cake walk.

Summit register in cairn. Placed in 2002 by Layne Potter. Several entries from north face route.

Location 

Family Butte is about 15 miles from the 1.70 exit 131 on excellent roads that lead to Reds Canyon . Family Butte is marked on the maps of the San Rafael Swell.The Butte is quite obvious from the road and has good camping .The walk from camp to the foot of the towers takes about 20 minutes.

Protection 

Good size rack of cams double zero to 6".Stoppers 60m rope .Perhaps trail rope. Aid gear.


Photos of Rising Sons Slideshow Add Photo
Paul starting the P3 headwall.
Paul starting the P3 headwall.
Shingo starting P1...
Shingo starting P1...
A) To Butte from road.
BETA PHOTO: A) To Butte from road.
Higher on P1
Higher on P1
Higher on P3
Higher on P3
Starting the second pitch
Starting the second pitch
View from the base of the Towers towards Reds Canyon.
View from the base of the Towers towards Reds Cany...
Tele photo P2
Tele photo P2
The Route. Rising Sons.
BETA PHOTO: The Route. Rising Sons.
Tele Photo top of groove P2
Tele Photo top of groove P2
Tele photo Paul on P3 headwall.photo Goodman
Tele photo Paul on P3 headwall.photo Goodman
High on P2
High on P2
Shingo arriving over the headwall.
Shingo arriving over the headwall.
Due to a late start on the first day (election day)a return the next day was required to finish the climb. Here jumaring back to the top of P2
Due to a late start on the first day (election day...
The full gang of sons.
The full gang of sons.
Jumaring day two
Jumaring day two
Camp
Camp
Son rising
Son rising
Chaps on top.Photo Goodman
Chaps on top.Photo Goodman

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