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Down Tower, South Face T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A1
Greig Arch (Veternarian Route) T A3
OFY Tower, West Face T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2
Out Tower, Surfing the Biscuit T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Out Tower, West Face T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A1
Q-Tutt Tower, OFY Route T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Tombstone, Regular Route T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A2-
Type: Trad, Aid, 400 ft, 4 pitches, Grade III
FA: Cameron M. Burns, Luke Laeser, Aug. 29, 1993
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Shared By: Camster (Rhymes with Hamster) on Apr 16, 2008
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

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This is a slender tower just north of Cove.
The route was first done in four pitches, but could likely be done in three.
Remember to leave a rope fixed on the top pitch as you have to haul yourself into the anchors (the pitch overhangs).


The route climbs a crack and corner system on the southwest edge of the tower.


A fairly decent selection of pins, cams, and stoppers.


Here's a description from our ascent in March 2012. For full adventure, do not read below:
P1: A2 Start on the southwest corner. Free and aid up the big, hanging, thin, right-facing corner. At the top of the corner, aid up and right for 15 feet, then head left along a crack to a hidden 3-bolt anchor (nuts on the bolts but no hangers as of 2012 - bring some) on the slab. 3 bolts (without hangers), pins, rack doubles to #3 Camalot (100')
P2: C1 Aid up the crack, then move left at drilled angles in the face (second one is missing). Belay at a bomber 3-bolt anchor (with hangers) under overhang. 2 fixed pins (1 missing hole), rack to #6 Camalot
P3: A1 Move up and left to a bolt, aid over the overhang and up the crack to a bolt ladder going between the two cracks (6 bolts without hangers, 2 drilled angles). Finish on the right crack with one or two pin placements. Find a three-bolt anchor on the shoulder (100') Rack to #5 Camalot, 7 bolts, 2 fixed pins, a few pins of your own.
It's an unprotected (but easy) scramble to the true summit from here. Reverse. We did one rappel down the west face with two 70-meter ropes that just barely reached with stretch (240'). Dec 16, 2017

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