Type: Trad, 250 ft (76 m), 2 pitches
FA: John Tainio
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Shared By: Bekky on Jan 31, 2006
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Ashtar is the located on the prominent tower on the west side of the Mount Carmel Highway Tunnel, across from the ranger kiosk.

The first pitch will take everything on your rack: cams, nuts, hexes, and TCUs. It is mostly crack climbing for the first 75 ft then climbing on small ledges and crimps to first set of anchors. The second pitch is mostly bolted with some exposed, crimpy 5.9 climbing.

The second pitch traverses right and a .5 is handy for the runout between the anchors and the first bolt. There can be a lot of drag on this second pitch and communication can also be an issue. Very fun! Great view and exposure!!

Protection Suggest change

Pretty much everything will fit in this climb. Bring a selection from nuts to a #3 cam. Lots of slings to prevent drag and about 14 draws for the second pitch.

Approach Suggest change

Park on the last switchback before the tunnel and walk up the south side of the road till you get to a small trail that takes you to the base of the tower. (Approximately 5 minutes.)

Descent Suggest change

Rap off to rock right to two other sets of rap anchors. Three raps to ground.