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The Gypsies

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Baby Gypsy - South face T 
Baby Gypsy-North Face T 
Franklin's Tower - Dark Star T 
Franklin's Tower - The Mine Shaft T 
Lower Gypsy-East Chimney T 
Middle Gypsy-Sandstone Sandwich T 
Upper Gypsy - DJ's Excellent Adventure T 
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The Gypsies 


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Submitted By: Jesse Zacher on Mar 12, 2011
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Description 

These are a group of towers that include both aid and free climbing routes. Most of the routes were put up in the 1990s.


Getting There 

These towers are a pain to get to. They are a cluster of 3 and half towers located in-between Ute and Red Canyon.

By far, the easiest approach is just drive through the neighborhood directly below them, get as close as possible, and hike straight up drainages to them. But this approach requires crossing private property, and there are several "No Monument Access" signs on the roads there.

Another option is to head up to Red Canyon (which also requires crossing private property unless you start in a drainage from S. Camp Road, i.e. very far away) and then head up the bench and contour west to the towers. The third option with no access issues is to go to the Liberty Cap trailhead, follow that up to the bench, and head on over to the towers. This way is very long! It is best to seek permission to cross private property.


Climbing Season


7 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',5],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


Featured Route For The Gypsies
Follow the obvious corner.

Franklin's Tower - Dark Star 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CO : Grand Junction area : ... : The Gypsies
Two independent pitches join "The Mine Shaft" for the third and summit pitch. This is a great steep line up a tower at a surprisingly moderate grade. A good OW climber will call it 5.9, a poor one not so much.P1. Climb up to the obvious corner through the chinle start. OW and chimney up the clean corner above bypassing several fixed pieces that take some of the sting out. This is a full body workout on great stone, 5.9+, 100' +/-.P2. Head up left into the large, double roofs wit...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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