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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. 14th June 2000 (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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Description

Classic for the Things of Beauty!! Follow nail heads to the summit block. Pete Takeda thought this summit would be too small to stand on!

Location

This tower is perhaps the most noticable weird thing from I-70. From the Mt. Garfield trailhead, walk east just above the interstate into an open area. Then follow the steep dirt ridge up to the right of the tower. About 20 min walk.

Protection

Tie offs. Dust mask....
USBRIT Ross
Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
False alarm, it's still as is. Sep 4, 2017
USBRIT Ross
Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
Thanks for Jesse ...but I doubt a 3" hole would split that block.... I guess it needs a closer look rather than from the road. Cheers Mar 7, 2017
Jesse Zacher
Grand Junction, Co
Jesse Zacher   Grand Junction, Co  
Driving by the other day, looked like maybe half the cap rock fell off. Likely where it was split from bolting the anchors. Didn't get a close up look though. Mar 7, 2017
USBRIT Ross
Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
Have a local report that the top part of the Sword has been lost this February/17. Any more info on this sad loss? Feb 26, 2017
Joe Forrester
Palo Alto
 
Joe Forrester   Palo Alto
 
All nails are in place as of 6/6, and the webbing slung around the top has been replaced. Lots of tie-offs and screamers are helpful. Jun 7, 2015
Peter Lewis
Bridgton, Maine
Peter Lewis   Bridgton, Maine
Love the gear list! Apr 3, 2014
USBRIT Ross
Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
Warms my heart to see there is still some choss lovers. Keep up the good work. Sorry I missed your ascent...as I can see it out of my back window.... Well as of April 13 now back in the UK. Apr 11, 2012
Noah McKelvin
Colorado Springs
  C2+
Noah McKelvin   Colorado Springs
  C2+
Hey Paul,

Brian Crim and I did this a couple days ago. Some uncovering of one of the nails had to be done...mud had covered it. We also placed a nail towards the top...the other one looked to be coming out and not to be trusted.... The bolt at top...BOMBER.... :) Thanks for helping our choss addiction. Excited to check out more. Wait, did I just say I'm excited? Apr 6, 2012
Bill Duncan
Jamestown, CO
Bill Duncan   Jamestown, CO
I've looked at those things for years . . . hats off to Paul.
Yikes! Jul 10, 2009
USBRIT Ross
Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
Knocking down Things of Beauty!!... I don't know.... You young lads are too bloody clumsy. Jan 4, 2009
Jesse Zacher
Grand Junction, Co
Jesse Zacher   Grand Junction, Co  
Second to last spike is out. I just stuck it lightly back in the hole and skipped it with a bit of top stepping/climbing. Rap anchors are marginal. How many more ascents before this thing plummets? I knocked probably 50 lbs of shit down and assume everyone who has done it has knocked a similar amount off. The neck below the cap rock will get thinner and thinner! Jan 1, 2009
USBRIT Ross
Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
Normal rap from summit anchor.... Just think light.... Would be nice if someone took a hand drill and added a new anchor on the summit block...just a thought. By the way, if you do happen to pull off the summit block, please replace it.... Thanks. Apr 4, 2008
James Morton
Grand Junction
James Morton   Grand Junction
A pragmatic question. I walked up to The Sword and was curious, how does one get off the beast. It looks quite thin to rap without too much stress on the summit block? Apr 4, 2008