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Khrushchev, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Operation Anadyr T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Wookie Traverse T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Elevation: 7,980 ft
GPS: 40.529, -111.788 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Arie on Sep 16, 2008
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

Description

The Cuban Missile Tower is found lurking along the vague ridgeline between Big and Little Willow Canyons near 8000 feet. Cuba and Russia would be proud to collaborate on this one. It is a partially unstable mass of teetering rock that will probably tumble in the next major geologic event. The summit mass (Fidel’s Cap) is detaching from the lower formation about 20 feet below the summit at an apparent epiphyseal joint.

The best line, The Kruschev (5.9R), climbs the direct west fact following the center of the formation as it narrows into a steep sidewalk. There are several variations. A true zero-star route, the Wookie Traverse (5.5), reaches the summit from the notch east of the tower. And one final route (to date), Operation Anadyr (5.8X), climbs the runnout slab just south of the primary formation.

Getting There

The Cuban Missile Tower is the first climbable piece of granite found along the vague ridgeline between Big and Little Willow Canyons. There are two approaches. First (preferred but hot), follow the Big Willow Trail approximately 1.5 miles, passing the Avalanche Warning sign in Little Willow, finally reaching the ridge crest where the trail takes a sharp turn east into Big Willow. At this point there is an old trail hidden in the bushes that leads up the ridgeline. Follow this trail for ~1/2-1 mile until it disappears in the brush. Continue up the ridgeline- the obvious Cuban should quickly come into view. Or secondarily, continue on the Big Willow trail past the ridge crest into Big Willow for another mile. Before the trail cuts back north, crossing the stream, strike out south through occasionally steep and dense brush to gain the common ridgeline. Either way, expect brush and 2-3 hours of approach time.

UTM's: 433100E 4486900N, NAD83

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