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Routes in Tangen Towers

DC Boy T,S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
East Face/Upper Tangen Tower T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Hop, Skip, & Jump T,S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Hoppy Birthday T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
In Focus T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pictureman Crack/Lower Tangen Tower T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
South Face Right/Lower Tangen Tower T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Standard Route/Lower Tangen Tower T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Stay Focused T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tangen Tunnel route T
Thumper S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Unnamed Hueco 1 T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Zacchaeus T,S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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Type: Trad, 300 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Gerry Roach and Barb Inyan, 1984
Page Views: 584 total, 3/month
Shared By: George Bell on Jun 13, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Start from the saddle between the two Tangen Towers (a short bushwhack from the Royal Arch Trail). The East Face is about 300 feet long, and about the only place to belay is a flake around 160 feet. The first pitch is only 4th class or so, but the second is steeper and comprises the crux.

You can walk off the summit, then go down north of the Upper Tangen Tower, back to the saddle where you started. Do not try to descend south of the Upper Tangen Tower (between it and the 5th Flatiron), this is 5th class.


Pro and even belay anchors are scarce on this route. A light rack is all you will find use for.
Glen Charnoski
Boulder, CO
Glen Charnoski   Boulder, CO
Not knowing better, I followed up the natural line on the right side of the face, where I saw a few (precarious) flakes to put some gear. The climbing is easy on average (5.0-5.2), except for a few moves on small rounded holds, notably, about 40' below the summit, right before a flake. The soloist in the photo turned around and downclimbed after being "stuck" at this crux. So, it's an easy solo, with a few committing steeper sections on small holds. At any rate, there is not much gear to place anyway. Apr 13, 2015
Mark Roth
Mark Roth   Boulder
The belay flake/ledge is only about 70 feet up, but a 70m rope reaches the top from there. Apr 12, 2015