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Viefinder Towers are found a few miles north of Hanksville, right off of Highway 24. This is a nice area to hang out; very relaxing, the few cars just drive right through. The rock hereabouts is some kind of ornery Entrada. It is fine-grained, has no real varnish, and has distinctive rounded horizontals of alternating hard and soft rock, rather like Cutler Sandstone. The less-than-vertical surfaces are often deeply rotted, but the steeper faces can be pretty sound. Free climbing seems pretty problematic on this stuff, so aid climbing seems a fun option. Eric Bjornstad told me that Henry Barber (free?) climbed a cleanish crack system somewhere on the cliffs on the east side of the road in the area.
The area is located a few miles north of Hanksville, adjacent to the Highway 24 road. The Viewfinder Towers pullout has a few sighting tubes to locate the named towers on the west side of the road. The largest of these, called Brigham's Butte according to the sighting tube (though it is way skinny for a "butte") and apparently referred to as Prairie Dog in Eric's book is rumored to have been free climbed by Alan Stevenson. I can see this, the rock is covered in bubbles, giving good (if fragile) holds. The smaller spires nearby go free. All three View Finder Towers in the book have different names to the ones on the sighting tubes. Confusing.
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Formation: Castle Ardbeg. Route: The Whiskey Tour 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c A2 Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 190'
Bensass 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 45'
Meat Log 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Johnny Hanksville of Mars 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
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Meat Log 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13 UT : San Rafael Swell : ... : Viewfinder Towers
Start below the chimbley system on the right side of the North Face. Climb steep pockets to reach the first gear at about 20 feet. Continue up the chimney. After the chimney, climb right past some precarious blobs then up to a two bolt anchor a few feet below the summit....[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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