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The Iron Lady Tower 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b C1

Type:  Trad, Aid, 2 pitches, 170', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b A0+ [details]
FA: Paul Ross Jeff Pheasent 5th March 2002
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: USBRIT on Mar 21, 2008

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The Iron Lady Tower

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


A small tower that gives easy pickings for those who collect tower ascents.

P1) Climb grooves on the east side of the tower to the notch. 5.7.
P2) Follow a line of bolts trending left to the summit. C1.


The obvious blocky tower located at the point of the Cliffs of Insanity just down left of the Wiggins route . A photo on page 158 of the Bloom Indian Creek guide book shows the tower.


A few cams for first pitch.

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By mtoensing
From: Boulder
Mar 7, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A0+

Watch out when pulling your rope. We got our rope slung on a big block in the dihedral. Ended up pulling the block down right on top of us and it landed straight on my pack. Fun little tower but what a hike! Geez!!
By Kevin Kent
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 23, 2014

The first pitch is easy and the 2nd is indeed a bolt ladder but of 14 or so protection bolts only 2 have hangers. The rest require rivet hangers or stoppers with a cable that can be slid down.
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Mar 23, 2014

We left all the hangers on the FA in 2002. Someone has removed them ,typical of some of todays climbers.
By Devin Fin
Jul 16, 2014

So this thing needs 12 hangers? How are the anchors ? I'm wrapping up the trail up the prow " ie" the original trail.. an this tower is one of the first things you come to .. The trail has been slow going but should be Dunn this fall. Cheers DF
By Kevin Kent
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 17, 2014

Thanks for the trailwork DF. And yes, there are 12 or so bolts without hangers, you could definitely do it with less and leapfrog. I think I had about 8 BD nuts that I used as rivet hangers. I recall the anchors being good bolts but a nest of tat.

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