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The Bant 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Mike Baker and Leslie Henderson?
Season: year round, spring and fall are best
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Submitted By: S.Mckinna on Jan 31, 2011

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BETA PHOTO: The bant is easily seen from the parking area by t...


This route climbs the south face of a small tower. It has fun laybacks to a bolt protected mantle to gain the top. The second should be aware of the pendulum if they were to fall at the mantle.


The tower is noticable as you drive to the parking spot. From where you park walk 1 mile up the trail/road and it will be seen along the eastern cliff band.


aliens, TCUs, 1 and 2 camalots. Anchor is on the east edge and may need new webbing.

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A view of the south face with The Bant.
BETA PHOTO: A view of the south face with The Bant.
Hope the rope doesn't land in cactus!
Hope the rope doesn't land in cactus!
Me loving finger locks and hand jams.
Me loving finger locks and hand jams.
The rap
The rap
Up at the mantle.
Up at the mantle.
Moving up.
Moving up.

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By Trevor Bowman
From: Sheridan, WY
Mar 21, 2014

Was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this little tower, it's one of the best single-pitch towers I've done, and at a modest grade! Great fingers/tips locks and hands, stemming/laybacking, a bouldery finish...the rock was the best I've seen around Bluff, the climbing engaging for the grade, the summit nice...the only downside was that the rappel anchor (positioned to rap off the overhanging east side for a nice free-hanging ride) runs the ropes over a soft, low-angle bulge which is very grooved out from the few previous pulls. If I was headed back up it, I'd strongly consider bringing a kit to move the anchor.
By Trevor Bowman
From: Sheridan, WY
Dec 2, 2014

Went back and added a new anchor with 1/2" stainless bolts and chains that is situated directly back (north) of the topout for the route. It protects the final mantel for the 2nd much better and provides a clean rap route that doesn't chomp up the sandstone. I would have liked to have it right above the climb for toproping purposes, but didn't place it there due to rock quality and the fact that initiating the rappel from the summit would be awkward (flat top with vertical face below).

We cut the webbing off of the old anchor, but left the bolts. If you really must do a free-hanging rappel or get a photo of such (it's a good pic I admit), please fix the rope and get your kicks, and then have the last person on top flip the rope around toward the route (above the steep face and not over the heavily grooved bulge), pull it up and rap off the new anchor. Let's all do what we can to minimize further damage to this cool tower.

Anchor hardware was mostly donated by the ASCA--a big thanks to them!
By S.Mckinna
From: Caņon City, CO
Dec 2, 2014

Nice job! I haven't been out there in years and I miss it.
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