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The Watchtower

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Megaforce (aka Magnum Force)  
Princess, The 
Thief, The 
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Description 

The Watchtower is home to the most popular climbs of the Leaning Tower base: The Thief and Megaforce.


Getting There 

To the right of the Yellow Corner, the base turns to choss. Climb roped up class four on either side of the large pile to access the base of these climbs.


3 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['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 Watchtower:
The Thief   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
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Featured Route For The Watchtower
Jo Whitford on The Thief.  Photo by John Bachar.

The Thief 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : The Watchtower
This climb has an ugly beginning and end but a stellar middle. Pitch 1 A short approach pitch the guide book lists as 4th but is harder than that. Ugly and loose.Pitch 2 A hollow sounding flake to start, then sustained good rock. Next are a couple of offwidth pods with a crack in the back. Sustained. Get one rest right before the crux. An optional intermediate belay to an ugly finish with more loose flakes....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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