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Tower of Power

5.12a, Sport, 65 ft,  Avg: 3 from 4 votes
FA: Mark Van Horn
Colorado > Canon City > Shelf Rd > Great Black North
Access Issue: This crag may be on Private Property! Details

Description

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.

Location

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.

Protection

Bolts, 2 bolt anchor. Stick clip highly recommended!

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Midway up the steep Tower of Power.  Things start to get difficult here, culminating with a pumpy crux below the chains.  The jutting flake to the left is Triage.
[Hide Photo] Midway up the steep Tower of Power. Things start to get difficult here, culminating with a pumpy crux below the chains. The jutting flake to the left is Triage.