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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
Type: Trad, Aid, 70 ft
FA: Paul Ross. March 18/2001. (second did not follow)
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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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If you want a thrill, this is it. This is the smallest tower anywhere. One follows nail heads for about 65' up the edge of a steep ridge to the base of the 15' "skinny" tower. A couple of aid moves to reach the summit block (3'X 18"). On the first ascent as Ross stood up on the summit, the whole spire started to sway from its base.... A very quick but careful descent then took place!! Hurry if you want a second ascent. It is advisable not to clip ones rope into any of the nails/piton on the actual tower section as it may cut loose with you on it.


See the Mt. Garfield photo. This is located across the canyon from The Fortress and below the other small spire, Bug Eyed Monster.


Tie offs, parachute.
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
Way to go, Noah8000. Jul 19, 2015
Keswick Cumbria.UK
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
Well done, Noah8000. Never thought anyone would be daft enough to do a second ascent.... Amazed. Nov 3, 2012
Noah McKelvin
Colorado Springs
  C1+ X
Noah McKelvin   Colorado Springs
  C1+ X
Hey Paul, for those psychotic ones that like this sort of stuff, better do it soon. Went and got the second ascent here a couple days ago. Summit has eroded more. It's about 18" by 18" now. I had to persuade my partner to belay me. I think I'm the psychotic one here. A friggin' thrill! Scary.... My partner said he saw it sway. This thing REALLY won't be here too much longer with the amount of erosion that's already occured in the last couple years and not a pretty scene if it topples over with you on it.... Bring a parachute. Sep 24, 2012
Sean Wolf
Denver, CO
Sean Wolf   Denver, CO
This is hilarious. 'X' rated because there is serious potential for the entire thing you are climbing to topple with you on it. w00t! Jun 12, 2009
Damn! Apr 16, 2008