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Sport, 80 ft,
Avg: 2.4 from 75
FA: Richard Wright and Bernard Plessier
> Rifle Mtn Park
> Nappy Dugout
Climbing commences here following nine clips up a steep gray-streaked "slab" that is the Ivory Tower and terminates atop another pedestal with just enough room for you (and perhaps one small farm animal) to stand, relax, enjoy the view and drop your rope into the lowering station.
This stellar climb has two places where chalked holds lead you leftward away from the bolts, then bring you back right into the bolt line. It seems the first of the two wanderings was unnecessary as a brief, but perhaps cryptic, upward sequence of tugs did not seem overly difficult and made wandering unnecessary. However, the uppermost wander seems necessary to keep the grade 11a. Have fun and wander or be direct - whichever your style!
From a large parking area nearest the southernmost sign for the Ice Caves (this parking area is on the west side of the road, just north of a small bridge, and is marked by one of several Jackie's Portable toilets conveniently located in The Canyon - thank you, Jackie!), hike east for ~15 seconds until you reach the Nappy Dugout, then head south for ~30 seconds until the trail leads up a small (but still too large) hill. On the wall atop this hill are the two Rifle classics, PMS and PMT. Approximately 20 feet north of these climbs is a large grayish to ivory colored pedestal with a top big enough to comfortably sit you, a belayer, and a couple medium-size farm animals.
[Hide Photo] The route taken from the bridge between the Wasteland parking and Arsenal.
[Hide Photo] Whew, here's me posting a picture of me?? Sorry about that. But no one had put up a pic of Ivory Tower - it's an alright climb for the grade. I agree that the route seems to take two jaunts out…