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No Thoroughfare Canyon

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Description

This is a canyon whose lower section provides great ice climbing opportunities in the winter and good cragging routes further into the canyon during the summer. There are a few towers in the area as well.

Getting There

This is on the Lost Arrow Buttress of Upper No Thoroughfare Canyon. This is a challenging area to find from above (preferred). It is a long hike in from below 4+ miles. From the East entrance to the monument, go up Rim Rock Drive, go left on DS/East Glade Park Rd past the monument boundary. Park in a large pullout. Cross the road, hop the fence, head south 300+ yards. You may find a cairn. Find a drainage down with a large bowl at the top. You can rap this or downclimb, carefully 4th class to a tree above a tighter slot. Rap down here, pad the rope (or find significant rope wear later), reach a ledge. Find another tighter corner and rap to the ground. I recommend leaving the last 2 ropes fixed. Bring ascenders.

Routes from Left to Right

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2
 2
Acrylic Tower
Trad, Aid
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 2
Bobble Head Tower
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 2
Butt Crack Tower
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C0-1
 2
Ceramic Tower
Trad, Aid
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 2
Chocolate Corner
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 2
Cinco De Mayo
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 1
Crunch Time Tower
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 1
Layback
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1
Liberal Fantasy
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 2
Mosaic Tower
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 3
Mosaic Tower - Don't Let the Bas…
Trad 3 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 1
Nubbins to Nothing
TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 2
Over the Edge Spire-Child's Play
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Red Iguana
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 2
Unknown-aka the Hershey Kiss
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Acrylic Tower
 2
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2 Trad, Aid
Bobble Head Tower
 2
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
Butt Crack Tower
 2
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Ceramic Tower
 2
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C0-1 Trad, Aid
Chocolate Corner
 2
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Cinco De Mayo
 2
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Crunch Time Tower
 1
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Layback
 1
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Liberal Fantasy
 1
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Mosaic Tower
 2
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Mosaic Tower - Don't Let th…
 3
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Nubbins to Nothing
 1
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c TR
Over the Edge Spire-Child's…
 2
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad
Red Iguana
 3
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Unknown-aka the Hershey Kiss
 2
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad

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