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Worth the View Spire 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 200', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Paul Ross, Marea Ross, Layne Potter. July 12th, 2006
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: USBRIT on Jul 16, 2006

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Description 

An adventure route in a beautiful desert area.

P1) Climb up the corner and easy slab trending right to the col. 80' 5.0.
P2)Traverse left past a 5.3 step down then across the garden to below some cracks.
P3) Climb the cracks to a big rock ledge below the final summit spire. 80' 5.5.
P4) Cross the gap to the right hand shoulder of the spire. From here go around to the South/West face and aid up a steep sandy crack to a groove that leads to the small summit and magnificent views over the Swell.

Descent: Rap anchors on the summit and the top of pitch 3.


Location 

From the underpass turn right and go .5 miles to a right fork, then right again at .7 miles. Then 1.4 miles to a wire gate. Here one can view the spire formation to one's left(west). From the gate go .3 miles, turn left, then .6 miles to a good parking/camp area on right. Walk up to the north side of the formation to the right hand end below a short corner/groove.


Protection 

Cams from 1/2" to 3.5" and medium to large stoppers.



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On the big ledge top of pitch 3. Looking over the North Eastern section of the Swell
On the big ledge top of pitch 3. Looking over the ...
Maura coming up the last pitch of Worth The View Spire, on the first free ascent.
Maura coming up the last pitch of Worth The View S...
The short aid section on the final pitch
The short aid section on the final pitch
Climbers on summit . Photo taken from parking area
Climbers on summit . Photo taken from parking area
On the Summit taken from top of pitch 3
On the Summit taken from top of pitch 3
Maura on the summit of Worth The View Spire after the first free ascent.  The final pitch climbs the opposite side of this summit pinnacle.
Maura on the summit of Worth The View Spire after ...
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By Andrew Gram
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From: Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 5, 2007
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a C1+

This is an ok route to a cool summit. The climbing is forgettable, but the overall experience is pretty memorable. Nice work finding this. A few notes:

Pitch 1 is more like 4th class, and a corner isn't really apparent. Climb up where the cliffs are considerably lower.

Pitch 2 is also more like 4th class with one spooky bouldery move on a traverse. We soloed both of these pitches, and I'm not sure a rope would do you any good.

Pitch 3 is pretty short - more like 50 feet. 5.5 seems about right.

Pitch 4 is actually on the south face of the tower. There are two discontinuous cracks on the north face that would be hard and unpleasant, and would probably require a few bolts. The second followed this pitch free at 5.9, though it would be an exciting lead since the rock quality isn't very good.

You can get off this tower with one rope. Rap off the summit, and then scramble over to the top of pitch 3 and rap again. We were able to downclimb the rest of the route pretty easily - not sure how else you would get off. Its possible to climb straight up to the spooky traverse move, which is probably less creepy than reversing the traverse. Might be nice for the next person up to add a quicklink to the rap stations.

By Ben Folsom
May 12, 2008

This last Saturday, May 10th 2008, Maura Hahnenberger and I did the first free ascent (lead) of this tower at 5.9. I just read Andrew's last post and I hadn't read it before we went down there. I was going to rate it 5.9+, but I guess I was overgripping a bit because the rock was a little soft and loose. I had tennis shoes on too so that could have made it feel harder. We really liked the route, and the name says it all, it is a fantastic view from the summit.

By Andrew Gram
Administrator
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 13, 2008
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a C1+

Nice work Ben. That pitch looks scary to free on lead.