BETA PHOTO: East face of Sport Land. Toe the Line follows the...
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Sport Land is the east face of Tonnere Tower, so-named because it is the main sport-climbing area on the crag. All the bolted routes here are sport routes: if you see a bolted line, you can be assured that it is a sport route and no gear will be needed.
Outstanding routes include Stayin' Alive
, and Tag Team
The routes in Sport Land were intentionally created as sport climbs, to provide an area for moderate, multi-pitch routes where only quickdraws are needed. Some of the routes can also be protected with trad gear, either partially or totally (Total Eclipse, Sidekick, Stayin' Alive). If you prefer to place gear, bring your trad rack and see how many bolts you can skip. If you prefer to clip bolts, bring your quickdraws. Either way, have fun climbing!
The east face of Tonnere Tower gets sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon, making it a good afternoon/early evening destination on hotter days, and a good morning destination on cooler days.
There are six two-pitch sport routes and two one-pitch sport routes here, ranging in difficulty from 5.8 to 5.11. There are two trad routes here as well: a 5.6 corner with a wide crack (Nick of Time) and a 5.9 hand crack pitch on the upper wall (Clean Sweep).
The routes from left to right:
0. Up and Left - Lone Unknown Route
, 10-, 1p, 65', bolts.
1. Toe The Line
, 10, 2p, bolts. Arete on east face.
2. Generous Donation
, 11-, 1p, bolts. Headwall left of P2 of 1.
3. Tag Team
, 10+, 2p, bolts. Slabs and overhangs right of 1.
4. Total Eclipse
, 10-, 2p, bolts. Line R of 3.
, 10+, 2p, bolts. Face right of 4.
6. Nick Of Time
, 6, 1p, gear. Corner with wide crack.
7. Hard Times
, 11=, 1p, bolts. Steep face starting partway up 6/8.
8. Face Off
, 8, 1p, bolts. Face right of 6
9. Stayin' Alive
, 10-, 2p. bolts. Arete right of 8.
10. Clean Sweep
, 9, 1p, gear. Cracks right of P2 of 9.
Cross the creek via the tyrolean, or wade or hop rocks if the water level is low enough.
Once across the creek, go to the tree on the far side of the tyrolean, and follow a path up left through the woods to a talus field. Climb up the talus, following cairns, to the rock wall. Head left on a path next to the wall, and turn right up the hill on a steep dirt path below the east face. After a few minutes, the prominent east arete (Toe The Line
) will loom above you on the right.
Continue up a bit past the east arete, and then traverse right on a dirt ledge to get to the start of the east face routes. This ledge is exposed, so be careful. You might want to gear up before traversing out on the ledge. There are belay anchors on the ledge at the start of every route.
This approach takes about 15 minutes.
Weather station 4.8 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Sport Land
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sport Land:
Toe The Line 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 2 pitches, 180'
Sidekick 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 2 pitches, 150'
Featured Route For Sport Land
Clean Sweep 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CO
: Boulder Canyon
: ... : Sport Land
Clean Sweep is a fun trad route that goes up a steep crack system right of the second pitch of Stayin' Alive.This route is a good reason to bring your trad rack to Tonnere Tower -- it's not just for bolt clippers anymore! The cruxes are well protected, but you'll need good pro-placing skills along the way.Start by climbing the first pitch of Stayin' Alive (5.9, 7 bolts), Face Off (5.8, 6 bolts), or Nick Of Time (5.6, gear). Bring your partner up. Now move the belay 15' right to a second 2-bolt...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Rapping from the top of Stayin' Alive.