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Routes in Tradistan Tower

Better Lucky Than Good T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Da Cherry on Top! T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
No Cherry For Old Men T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
No Country For Old Men T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Nuggernaut T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Thundercats are Go! T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A0
Elevation: 10,000 ft
GPS: 37.464, -107.494 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jaaron Mankins on Jan 17, 2011
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

This is the most accessible and featured climbing area along the Lower Pine to date. This wall is sunny in the morning and shady in the afternoon. This wall has highly secluded climbing on conglomerate granite that protects quite well. This is a large 1000' tall formation with many routes and a cool summit.

Getting There

Hike approximately 1 mile on the Pine River trail until you come to the Indian Creek drainage on the left. Stay on the west side of Indian Creek and do an ascending traverse up at right following faint elk trails to the base of the wall-look for renegade cairns. A huge cave about halfway up this wall is a good landmark to identify. The approach is about a 1200' foot slog up from the trail and valley floor. Approach takes about 1 to 1.5 hours depending on if you find the proper game trail. Make sure to not leave the trail until Indian Creek, because the Pine River Trail in this area is an easement through private property. Enjoy!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tradistan Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Nuggernaut
Trad 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
No Cherry For Old Men
Trad 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Better Lucky Than Good
Trad 6 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Da Cherry on Top!
Trad 6 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Nuggernaut
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
No Cherry For Old Men
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 7 pitches
Better Lucky Than Good
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 6 pitches
Da Cherry on Top!
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
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This wall faces generally southeast and is composed of quartzite, much of which is conglomeritic. The rap route described for each climb listed herein is the same as for the Nuggernaut. We did 7 1/2 raps with a 70. A single 60 would be too short. Sep 5, 2016
Jaaron Mankins
Durango, CO
Jaaron Mankins   Durango, CO
Thanks for the heads up, ozman, edited the distance above. Aug 21, 2011
ozman
CO / NM
ozman   CO / NM
Definitely worth the hike in. Great rock quality. Indian Creek is the first real creek crossing on the Pine River trail; it flows from the left or North. Start hiking just before the creek crossing heading North (you'll be on the West side of the creek). The best approach diverges from the creek right of the bat and trends up the hill. It took us 20 minutes from the trailhead to the creek, so I'm guessing it's only 1 mile on the trail. We had a total hike time of 1.5 hours. Aug 15, 2011

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