|Type:||Trad, 2 pitches, Grade II|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]|
|FA:||Harvey T Carter, John Auld, Layton Kor, 5/60|
|Submitted By:||Leo Paik on Mar 9, 2002|
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Mar 11, 2002
|I thought this was one of the worst, most insignificant desert towers I have ever done, anywhere. Prepare to do sideways offwidth through packrat spooge on loose, soft rock. Maybe I am old and sensitive, but one star seems pretty generous. Still, if you make it a point of ticking towers, I guess you gotta do it. By the way, the tower is called The Defecating Monk. -SL|
By Alex Garhart
Jul 30, 2007
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
|The route is soft and dirty, but it is a good, intro level tower with a couple of interesting moves. It's easily accessible and shaded all morning in the hot summers.|
By rick gardiner
From: Grand Junction, CO,
Jan 18, 2010
|This tower you can rope solo in one pitch, with little pro. I used nothing bigger than a #2 Camalot. No need to protect the chimney, you're not going to fall out of it. It is dirty, so plan on getting sand in your gear. One 60m rope is all you need to get down.|
By Jeff Widen
Apr 25, 2013
I soloed this route last week and found it to be quite fun. Sure, it's a little dirty and grovelly, but so are many desert towers. It's a great quick one if you're a tower collector or want a relatively easy summit.
For gear, I wouldn't bring any more than a couple medium stoppers, and a single set of cams from finger to fist. I brought twice that much, but the climbing was secure enough that I just ended up free soloing the whole thing, dragging a rope and the rack!!
There is an anchor at the top of the 1st pitch (drilled angle and webbing from mystery piece, and it takes med. cams. The only other anchor is on top, 3 bolts, well-chained.
To add to the route's enjoyment, I was accompanied by Barbie and Giant Microbe!
By Peter Blank
From: Grand Junction, Colorado
May 9, 2013
|Bring four cams. A 0.5 for the crack 15 feet off the ground. You'll use a 2 and 3 for the "chimney" and a 1 to back up the anchor on p1. You'll reuse the 3 for your only piece just below the summit. I wouldn't consider taking more than this in the future.|
From: Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Jan 18, 2015
|I thought it was sweet, and a classic Monument route. Definitely belay at the beginning of the tunnel, because the rope drag is to much to do the tower in one pitch, and this tower catches the hero light in the summer sunset. 10 minute hike, sweet hang.|