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Routes in 14: Leaning Tower

Cosmic Cringe T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
East Face T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Northwest Crack/Arete T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Northwest Face T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
South Face T,TR 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
West Face T,TR 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
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Description

Leaning Tower is a large monolith found above Rainy Wednesday Tower and just southeast of The Tombstone on the CCC trail. There is no easy access to the top so TR's must be set by somebody who leads or solos the tower.

Getting There

Take a right at Pedestal Buttress on the CCC Trail and follow it around Darcy's Buttress, continue along trail for about a half-mile. It's large and in charge. Can't miss it.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Leaning Tower

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Northwest Crack/Arete
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
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Cosmic Cringe
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Northwest Crack/Arete
 10
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Cosmic Cringe
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad
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Paul Campbell
Waukesha, WI
Paul Campbell   Waukesha, WI
Leaning Tower bouldering can be found here: mountainproject.com/v/wisco… Feb 20, 2010
me and a buddy just lead leaning tower on Sunday. it was a good area to learn to place protection and get the basics down for leading. plus there is a bolt on top that is in pretty good condition. so that was a nice find that wasn't in the guidebook. i would recommend leaning tower for anyone starting on leading there are good places to place protection, at least there was on the west and south side of the tower. a basic set of nuts should get you to the top. Jun 29, 2010
The bolt on top is loose, probably not safe anymore. Oct 18, 2015
Jack Servedio
Raleigh,NC
Jack Servedio   Raleigh,NC
Was up there a couple weeks ago and I don't think that eye bolt is dangerous, but it certainly isn't confidence inspiring. It wiggles a little bit, but that thing is huge and embedded way in the crack. I know people have been wiggling and trying to pull it for at least 30 years.

Just thread the rope and down climb the south face on a loose belay through it and don't lower off it. May 9, 2016
In my opinion, this is the undisputed best camping spot at devil lake. Feb 19, 2018
Your only allowed to camp here if you swilled too hard after your solo and can't make it off the tower Mar 1, 2018

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