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The Sun Tower

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The Sun Tower  


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Submitted By: Andrew Ryder on Apr 16, 2008
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Description 

Past the Oven toward the right side of the Pit is the Sun Tower, a semi-detached formation with a good concentration of moderate routes. All of the climbs here are 5.10 or under, making this one of the best hangouts for moderate climbers at the Pit. The rock is fairly solid, but broken up by many ledges, tainting the quality of the routes somewhat. Despite its name, the Sun Tower is also a good place to catch some shade on a hot day.

Getting There 

Walk along the main trail past the Oven until you reach an obvious tower with bolted routes. R.E.M. is the first route on the left.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.7 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',2],['5.10',3],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Sun Tower:
Sunshine Daydream   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Pleasant Dreams   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 50'   
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Featured Route For The Sun Tower
R.E.M. use the bolted face avoid stemming

R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : The Sun Tower
A great route at the grade, at least for the Pit. Climb the vertical face on the left side of the tower with increasingly difficult moves to a crux near the finish; stemming to the left wall reduces the difficulty of the route. R.E.M. is a fine moderate lead that also stays mostly in the shade when the other walls are sweltering in the sun....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By Anonymous Climber
Feb 14, 2010
I believe the name of this formation is "Son Tower". Seems like I heard it was named for someone's offspring, not the solar version. Maybe someone who was around back then can tell us for sure?