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Tower of Power
Sport, 65 ft,
Avg: 3 from 4
FA: Mark Van Horn
> Canon City
> Shelf Rd
> Great Black North
Access Issue: This crag may be on Private Property!
The access situation here is a bit murky. According to "Shelf Road Rock", the crag is likely located on state land that is leased to a local rancher. Climbers should treat this area as though it were private property. Keep a low profile, leave your dogs at home, and keep the noise down.
Tower of Power climbs an impressive sweep of curving white limestone on thin, sharp pockets and hidden edges. The route begins easily, gets steadily more difficult, and culminates with a dynamic, pumpy finish.
Begin from a grass-covered terrace, 15' left of the Dreamer Pit. Launch up the easy, black & white-speckled slab. Just below mid-height, traverse right to a shallow groove, then cut back left to an interesting, shallow arete feature. Grope your way up the arete, then move desperately out right to a final shake before the intimidating overhang. Fire up and left past positive three-finger pockets to a sinister move below the anchor.
Mid-way along the Great Black North cliffband, an impressive fin of rock, known as the Slice of Bread, juts out over the cliff. "Triage", one of Shelf's most difficult routes climbs this amazing bulge. Immediately right (W) of this fin is a white, sweeping wave of rock. Tower of Power climbs this white wall.