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Routes in Things Of Beauty (aka Interstate I-70 Towers)

Alpha Tower T C1+
Because It's There (aka Palisade Pinnacle) T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c C1-
Black Tower, The T C1+
Bug-Eyed Monster T C1
Fortress - The Prow, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3
Fortress, Regular Route, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2
Mad Dogs and Englishmen T C1+
Mantis T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A3
Napoleon's Toothpick T C1
Passport to the Golden Age T C1+
Sword of Damocles., The T C2+
Tom Thumbs Tallywag T C1+ X
Turkey Neck Tower T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A3
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Type: Trad, Aid, 90 ft
FA: Paul Ross, second did not follow. 21 Jan /2001
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Shared By: USBRIT Ross on Jan 1, 2008
Admins: Jesse Zacher, Jared LaVacque, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Climb the west side of the tower, follow nail heads using tie-offs. One or two nails were a bit difficult to place as the leader, after about three placements, managed to hit his fingers full force with the hammer which for a while resulted in much pain and blood. However, the situation soon made that inconvenience irrelevant. Quite solid shale. There are good anchors on the summit block.

Note I once tried to approach the tower from the bottom but it is very steep shale and may only be possible with crampons etc


To reach this tower hike up the Mt. Garfield trail to above the middle cliff section. Then hike above this until one arrives above the tower. Scramble down a ridge to rap anchors. The approach takes about one hour.


Follow nails, tie offs, etc.
m-earle   USA
When you say "nails," do you literally mean nails used for construction pounded into the shale? Sounds like fun! Would love to check that out.... I think. Jan 3, 2008
Keswick Cumbria.UK
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
They are about 8"x 3/8". Hardware stores call them spikes. Jan 15, 2008
SW Marlatt
Arvada, CO
SW Marlatt   Arvada, CO
Um - not to nitpick, but if you're hammering in iron, shouldn't your rating (C1) reflect it. Say, A1 or A2? Apr 17, 2008
Keswick Cumbria.UK
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
To SW. I may be wrong on this but I grade C1 when following ascents do not need to hammer anything into the rock (shale) as with this route all nails are already in place. May 21, 2008
Keswick Cumbria.UK
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
No recorded second ascent as of 2016. Jun 30, 2014

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