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Routes in The Black Tower

Crown of Thorns S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Evil Twin S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Exhumed S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Umbilical Cord S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
WhatÂ’s the Point S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Type: Sport, 60 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Bill Olszewski on Dec 7, 2007
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Start on the west face of the small block directly in front of the Black Tower. There is a nice crack here that will take a small cam at about the height of the first bolt (for the purist in you). After surmounting the block, walk across the bridge and clip the second bolt. The bridge is what distinguishes this climb, especially considering that it looks as if it would collapse the moment you step onto it! Continue up rather steep face climbing through a spicy but well-protected crux. Finish up and right to the anchor. When rappeling, be careful not to get the rope stuck in the crack/flake to the left of the anchor.


West face of the Black Tower


5 bolts, bolted anchor
Ben Murphy
Denver, CO
  5.8 R
Ben Murphy   Denver, CO
  5.8 R
Easy if you climb well above the grade, but runout with decking/ledge fall potential so maybe not great if you're new to the grade. Aug 17, 2016
Rob Selter
running springs Ca
Rob Selter   running springs Ca
kinda funky but worth doing. Apr 7, 2012
Vista, CA
tro4130   Vista, CA
4th bolt is a spinner! Feb 13, 2012
Chris Asencio
Hesperia, CA
Chris Asencio   Hesperia, CA
My first 5.8 lead and loved it! Good protection, nice holds, and a few spots for a rest if needed. One of my High Desert favorites by far. Aug 28, 2011
Jesse Morelock
Jesse Morelock   Victorville
I finally free soloed it today!! Jan 28, 2011