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Routes in Cactus Flower Tower Summit

Blood on the Tracks T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cinnamon Hedgehog T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
East Arete T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
North Face - Cactus Flower Tower T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Warrior, The T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Type: Trad, 800 ft, 8 pitches, Grade III
FA: FRA: Karsten Duncan, Larry DeAngelo
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Shared By: Larry DeAngelo on Sep 25, 2008
Admins: Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details

Description

Scramble a long way up the approach gully near Ramen Pride, generally bearing to the right. When you reach the crest of the main buttress, climb up on varied 5th class rock for several pitches. Eventually you come out on a broad wooded ledge beneath the main headwall. Climb a right-facing ramp system behind a large, gnarled pine tree. The second headwall pitch climbs a crack system directly above a second big pine. When the cracks peter out, wander up and right to the summit.

An alternative start bypasses a few of the broken lower pitches. Scramble up to the base of the Blood Wall, then continue up and left (east). This is mostly class 2 with one fifth class spot. You join the longer route one pitch beneath the wooded ledge system.

Descent: this route ends at the Cactus Flower Tower summit, so follow the standard descent along the west ridge.

Location

This route is best accessed from Oak Creek.

Protection

standard rack

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