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Arrowsmith T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Capital Y T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13
Captain Crunch T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Crucifix T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Crunch Berries T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Doctor Kildare T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Dream Landscape T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a X
Funky Finger Crack T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Leaning Tower Direct T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Love Potion Number 8 T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b X
Lycra Sheath T,S,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Neckline T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X
Noname T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Second Hand T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Tenderfoot T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Tight Rope T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Wild and Crazy T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Y, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Type: Trad, 2 pitches
FA: Ken Rose, Kenny Stern 1974
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Shared By: Craig Childre on Oct 4, 2006

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Great climb with some nice friction opportunities. Sometimes you can even get in a little chimneying in.


The left side of Leaning tower. If you follow the trail a little to the left you will find big slab and nice spot to lace up. Climb up to the corner and set a belay. The second pitch has a couple of options that are really not very good.

Scramble off to the south or rap at Lycra sheath (not recommended unless your TRing it).


All Gear, standard rack.


Where is the 5.8 move on this route? I have climbed 5.6 routes in the Wichita's that I had a harder time with than this. I felt it was just a really sustained 5.7. Great route though and the view from up top is amazing. From what I hear many variations exist for toping out on the second pitch. We went left up a polished face easily seen from the belay ledge. Rigging the belay here was tricky, but the anchor was solid. This is now one of my favorite climbs in the Wichita Mountains. Apr 26, 2009
Ridgway, CO
LanceSullins   Ridgway, CO
I concur, the corner was tricky but didn't seem harder than 5.7. Also, it was well protected. Mar 31, 2010
Brent Butcher
Brent Butcher  
Agreed definitely along the lines of a 5.7 not a 5.8. Nov 28, 2010
Stan Jones
Benbrook, TX
Stan Jones   Benbrook, TX
If you traverse right after the P1 belay and go up the face/shallow gully, the climbing is easy with great exposure. May 23, 2011
Michael Parker
Tulsa, OK
Michael Parker   Tulsa, OK
Had a great time on this route. I felt a little insecure on the slab but enjoyed using some chimney technique and even locked in some arm bars when placing gear. I was a little nervous near the top of the 1st pitch as I could hear the rats in the crack just above and behind my head. I didn't want to look back, just tried to block it out and keep moving. The 2nd pitch was really casual but need to be careful with the rope drag as you leave the belay and immediately go around a corner. All in all, I'm glad I got on this route. Feb 19, 2017
Andrew Smith
Dallas, TX
Andrew Smith   Dallas, TX
Such a rad first pitch; great placements and fun moves. Used primarily tricams and nuts for gear; used #.5 , tricam, and #2 for anchor. Lots of options for anchor. 2nd pitch is an easy scramble, along the lines of a 5.5. Also, lots of choss and loose rock on pitch 2. Was able to clean off some big chunks of it but be careful. Definitely worth doing. Sep 24, 2017
Memphis, tn
rcongo   Memphis, tn
If you move right at the first belay and go on the face the route can be done in a single pitch so long as you use all long runners and run out the gear. Nov 29, 2017

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