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Routes in Castleton Tower

Arrowhead, The T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Bjornstad Traverse ( The Girdle of Castleton Tower), The T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C1
Black Sun T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Burning Inside T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Discrete Start to Black Sun T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Hollowpoint T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Ivory Tower, The T 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Kor-Ingalls Route T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
No Other Options V1 5
North Chimney T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
North Face T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
North Face Original Pitch 1 T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Sacred Ground T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Stardust Cowboy T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
West Face T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Type: Trad, 130 ft
FA: Jimmy Dunn & Doug Snively, 20 March 1974
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Shared By: david goldstein on May 1, 2004
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Is there a climb anywhere that has three independent variations to its first pitch that are better the North Face of Castleton's?

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The rightmost of the three N. Face variations.

Climb fun steep 5.10 hands and laybacking with rests for about 60'. The crux comes at the top of a 10' right facing corner, a technical lieback exiting on to a slab.At the top of the slab, clip a bolt in a corner then make an improbable move to establish yourself in the corner. Easy but insecure -- if you blow it, you fall onto the slab -- climbing leads to a fixed pin, and an easy face traverse left. Steep 5.9ish cracks lead to a traverse left to the anchor.

Continue up N Face or, Sacred Ground or rappel to the ground. A single 70m rope just makes it.


Wires, 2ea TCUs, 3ea cams to 2". Long slings.


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claytown   Boulder, CO
Wow that pitch is excellent! Agree that the tips liebacking is the crux. I was perplexed at the blank dihedral above with the bolt but eventually figured it out. Gotta commit off the ledge before you can clip the bolt unless you're really tall. Solid lead by my partner and we did the blank section differently... improbable stemming got me through. A single 70m rope is good for the route but WATCH YOUR ENDS on the first rappel. We had to reach down to clip the anchor then rap off the ends of the rope. Oct 23, 2009