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Routes in The Watchtower

Highway Robbery S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Watchtower Corner, The T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
West Face AKA Cold Feelings T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Elevation: 7,365 ft
GPS: 40.171, -105.414 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

The Watchtower is a large imposing tooth-like formation with North-West exposure. As of the present, April 2001, this formation appears to be closed to climbing having been purchased by a private party a year ago. The Watchtower does hold a few routes including an excellent 2 pitch sport route called Highway Robbery (5.12b). The rock is overall very good, although not the cleanest in the canyon. Climbing on the large North face is largely on fine sharp edges, while the trad corner contains a decent crack system.

Getting There

From the intersection in Lyons, head up the SSV canyon along highway 7 for 10.4 miles. The Watchtower is across the river, and a private bridge can (in principle) take you across. The approach is trivial, and parking is near by. Presently, it is advisable to get permission from the land owner to climb here.

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Umph!  
Well done, goatboy - thanks for the effort.
The northern triangle of land (between tower and river), is privately owned. However, the bridge is public, as are the parking areas just adjacent to it. Crossing the river or the bridge (basically anywhere directly west of the formation) should be fully legal. Feb 4, 2010
goatboy
Nederland, CO
goatboy   Nederland, CO
The Watchtower is on Boulder County land, access is via fallen tree downstream from the tower. See beta pics above. Aug 18, 2009

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