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Routes in Mendenhall Towers

5th Element - Fifth Tower, The T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Balancing Act - West Tower T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Fogels-Visscher T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a C2
Great White Conqueror T AI4 M5+ A1
Iron Curtian T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Mountaineer's Route - Main Tower T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Sixth Sense - Sixth Tower, The T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Solva Buttress T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
South Buttress - Main Tower T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Type: Trad, Aid, Alpine, 900 ft, 8 pitches, Grade IV
FA: Ed Fogels and Scott Visscher, 1980
Page Views: 1,324 total · 13/month
Shared By: Ken Trout on Mar 4, 2010
Admins: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer

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This is the southwest arete of the West Mendenhall Tower. See the map image for a rough idea of the route. The route climbs the prominent gray pillar up the middle of the face. The only aid used was for one short stretch of expanding flake. The FA team used no air support, instead they approached via skis. They descended the route climbed.


Your usual rack for nearly 1,000 of good alpine/Alaskan granite. Glacier travel gear needed too.



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