This area was first recorded in Eric Bjornstad's Desert Rock III. Four tower climbs instigated by Pete Takeda and Duane Raleigh in 1992/3. These dirt towers of compressed shale with a sandstone cap rock can be seen as one drives passed Palisade on I-70 Interstate. These four towers climbed at that time where mostly quite short and fat. Seven years later from 2000 to 2001 Paul Ross with various partners cleaned up the area climbing nine more towers, some being extremely slim and spectacular for their size. Not great climbing, but they do have an element of risk and make great photos!! Please note the star system on these "things" apply only to this area.Good winter fun.
Take Exit 42 to Palisade about 200 yards from the exit take the first road on the right G.7/10 Road. Follow this...it eventually bends to the right and goes under the Interstate to the Mt. Garfield trailhead. All climbs are hiked to from here.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Things Of Beauty (aka Interstate I-70 Towers):
Napoleon's Toothpick C1 Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Bug-Eyed Monster C1 Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 40 feet
The Black Tower C1+ Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 85 feet
Alpha Tower C1+ Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Mad Dogs and Englishmen C1+ Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Tom Thumbs Tallywag C1+ X Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Passport to the Golden Age C1+ Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 115 feet
The Sword of Damocles. C2+ Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Turkey Neck Tower 5.7 A3 Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Mantis 5.7 A3 Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 180 feet
The Fortress - The Prow 5.8 A3 Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 120 feet, Grade II
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Tom Thumbs Tallywag C1+ X CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Things Of Beauty (aka Inter...
If you want a thrill, this is it. This is the smallest tower anywhere. One follows nail heads for about 65' up the edge of a steep ridge to the base of the 15' "skinny" tower. A couple of aid moves to reach the summit block (3'X 18"). On the first ascent as Ross stood up on the summit, the whole spire started to sway from its base.... A very quick but careful descent then took place!! Hurry if you want a second ascent. It is advisable not to clip ones rope into any of the nails/piton on the actu...[more] Browse More Classics in CO