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Routes in Cloud Tower

Clod Tower, The T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Cloud Tower T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Crimson Chrysalis T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Disciple, The T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Hook, Line, and Whimper T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
It's a Girl - It's a Boy ! T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Laceration Spur T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pachyderm T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Spare Rib T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Test Tube T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Thagomizer T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Tiger Crack T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Type: Trad, 1000 ft, 7 pitches, Grade IV
FA: John Wilder, Matt Schook, Sept 2007
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Shared By: John Wilder on Sep 7, 2007
Admins: Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details


This challenging and aesthetic route can be found on the left side of the Cloud Tower, just right of the Clod Tower route. It shares the first pitch with the Clod Tower, but then breaks right soon after to gain the obvious dihedral system off right. It follows this for 4 pitches before being forced into the gully at the top of the Clod Tower. From here, finish as for the Clod Tower

This route is named in memory of a good friend and mentor- JR Thompson (1953-2006)


This route starts just left of Crimson Chrysalis in the obvious large recess with an arching crack up high (Tiger Crack). 4th class until you reach a ledge, then ascend the back of the recess in a beautiful crack just right of Tiger Crack's second pitch.


Double rack to 4", 5" optional.


John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
its got an R- just apparently not in the main page. look at the route name at the very top.

definitely runout, though.... Sep 17, 2007
Karsten Duncan
Sacramento, CA
Karsten Duncan   Sacramento, CA
Why no R rating? From what I heard of the route there is some runnout 5.9 climbing above the crux. Sep 10, 2007
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
Descent: The best option is to rappel off the northwest side of the tower (fixed station) onto Crimson. Two ropes are required for this rappel.

Another option would be to rap back to the bottom of the last pitch and trudge up the gully to the top of Crimson. You'd have to leave a sling or two, though, as there is no good rap station back to the start of the pitch. Sep 7, 2007

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