|Things Of Beauty (aka Interstate I-70 Towers)
The Sword of Damocles.
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|Type: ||Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 70'|
|Consensus: ||A1-2 [details]|
|FA: ||Paul Ross. 14th June 2000 (second did not follow)|
|New Route: ||Yes|
|Submitted By: ||USBRIT on Jan 1, 2008|
The Sword of Damocles.... a real Beauty. P. Ross o...
Classic for the Things of Beauty!! Follow nail heads to the summit block. Pete Takeda thought this summit would be too small to stand on!
This tower is perhaps the most noticable weird thing from I-70. From the Mt. Garfield trailhead, walk east just above the interstate into an open area. Then follow the steep dirt ridge up to the right of the tower. About 20 min walk.
Tie offs. Dust mask....
BETA PHOTO: The Storey.
Climbing the Sword. Big thanks to Paul Ross for pu...
BETA PHOTO: Another view of The Sword.
|Comments on The Sword of Damocles.
|By James Morton|
From: Grand Junction
Apr 4, 2008
A pragmatic question. I walked up to The Sword and was curious, how does one get off the beast. It looks quite thin to rap without too much stress on the summit block?
Apr 4, 2008
Normal rap from summit anchor.... Just think light.... Would be nice if someone took a hand drill and added a new anchor on the summit block...just a thought. By the way, if you do happen to pull off the summit block, please replace it.... Thanks.
|By Jesse Zacher|
From: Grand Junction, Co
Jan 1, 2009
Second to last spike is out. I just stuck it lightly back in the hole and skipped it with a bit of top stepping/climbing. Rap anchors are marginal. How many more ascents before this thing plummets? I knocked probably 50 lbs of shit down and assume everyone who has done it has knocked a similar amount off. The neck below the cap rock will get thinner and thinner!
Jan 4, 2009
Knocking down Things of Beauty!!... I don't know.... You young lads are too bloody clumsy.
|By Bill Duncan|
From: Jamestown, CO
Jul 10, 2009
I've looked at those things for years . . . hats off to Paul.
From: Arvada, CO
Apr 6, 2012
Brian Crim and I did this a couple days ago. Some uncovering of one of the nails had to be done...mud had covered it. We also placed a nail towards the top...the other one looked to be coming out and not to be trusted.... The bolt at top...BOMBER.... :) Thanks for helping our choss addiction. Excited to check out more. Wait, did I just say I'm excited?
Apr 11, 2012
Warms my heart to see there is still some choss lovers. Keep up the good work. Sorry I missed your ascent...as I can see it out of my back window.