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The Triple Towers are a cluster of Wingate towers near the end of the Mexican Mountain Road. You can see them way the hell up on a hillside from the wash that crosses the road just before Lone Rock. If you aren't sure where this is, just drive to the end of the Mexican Mountain road, turn around, and it is the first major wash you cross.
The rock is very good quality in this lonely and beautiful area. Aside from the reported routes on two of the towers, there are a few unclimbed towers and many beautiful cracks waiting for first ascents.
The approach to these towers is arduous. Hike up the wash a short distance to an old mining road that contours along the shoulder of the west side of Lone Rock. At the top of a small pass, keep following the road which at this point seems to be heading away from the towers. Before long, the road heads downhill and terminates in a streambed.
Follow the streambed downhill, which is again away from the direction of the tower. Turn left at a confluence with another streambed - you are now heading up the canyon on the far side of the towers.
We cut up a steep talus slope that lead to a 4th class passage through the upper cliffbands shortly after the streambed really steepened on the way up, and descended the streambed on the way down, which worked pretty well. The streambed itself involved a lot of scrambling over and around huge boulders and is reminiscent of the harder approaches in Red Rocks.
Either way, you reach a flat plateau that you follow to the final dirt and scree cone that reach the base of the towers. The GPS coords entered are pretty accurate.
Desert Rock 2 suggest 1-1.5 hours each way. I have a hard time imagining anybody doing it that fast. 2-3 hours of hard going each way seems more accurate.
On the bright side, there will be no crowds.
Climbing Season For the San Rafael Swell - North area.
Weather station 18.1 miles from here
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Thin Man Pinnacle 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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The crux of this tower is definitely the approach as both pitches are mostly bolt ladders. They are steep and reachy bolt ladders though - the FA team did a really good job drilling from top steps, and you may have trouble making the reaches at all if you are shorter than 5'10".P1 - Either thrutch up the weird slot to a sloping ledge or climb low 5th class choss 15 feet to the west and walk along the sloping ledge until you can clip the first bolt. Climb the bolt ladder with an occasional free ...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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