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Routes in Things Of Beauty (aka Interstate I-70 Towers)

Alpha Tower T C1+
Because It's There (aka Palisade Pinnacle) T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c C1-
Black Tower, The T C1+
Bug-Eyed Monster T C1
Fortress - The Prow , The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3
Fortress, Regular Route, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2
Mad Dogs and Englishmen T C1+
Mantis T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A3
Napoleon's Toothpick T C1
Passport to the Golden Age T C1+
Sword of Damocles., The T C2+
Tom Thumbs Tallywag T C1+ X
Turkey Neck Tower T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A3

Description

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.

Getting There

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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Joe Forrester
Palo Alto
Joe Forrester   Palo Alto
Some beta for the approaches: from the parking lot, the first major drainage you come to hiking west after the gate is the Mantis drainage. There is a large beige pipe coming out of the ground. The second major drainage is the one with the Fortress, Passport, etc. Jun 8, 2015
Brian C.
Longmont, CO
Brian C.   Longmont, CO
Here's a short blurb I wrote on these...

coloradoclimbers.org/viewto… Sep 25, 2012
USBRIT Ross
Keswick Cumbria.UK
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
Thanks for the information, Tevis ...gosh, would never have thought of that....could even be dangerous ! Dec 27, 2009
TBlom  
You people are absolutely MAD! It looks like vertical kitty litter... Those pillars only exist because the capstone blocks rainfall from eroding the softer underlayers; basically some soft sheit! Apr 17, 2008
USBRIT Ross
Keswick Cumbria.UK
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
To Cam. There does not seem to be many unclimbed towers left that are worth doing in this I-70 area. However, there are some spectacular knife edge ridges that would have the same pant filler experience as the towers. Jan 23, 2008
Umph!  
You kids are the freakin' champs! I've been eyeing those horriffic hoodoos for too many years.
Someone finally did it. . . and posted it even!
So tell me, was it worth it punk. . . well, was it?
(Good job, Paul)

Have you been to the top of the rim? If so, is there anything up there? I'm not sure of how to access, but I'll find out next week. There does seem to be some canyons and rock formations up there. . . . Jan 20, 2008
USBRIT Ross
Keswick Cumbria.UK
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
Well, it keeps you off the streets...and it sure beats sport climbing....

Eds. An off-subject discussion ensued after this comment and can be found here. Jan 11, 2008
YDPL8S
Santa Monica, Ca.
YDPL8S   Santa Monica, Ca.
This is taking climbing on crumbly dirt (I don't think you can realistically call it rock) to a new level! You guys are nuts!!! Jan 8, 2008

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