Type: Trad, 140 ft (42 m)
FA: Jon Burnham, Bill Duncan, Brent Higgins, March 1996
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Shared By: Paul S on Mar 6, 2011
Admins: Jesse Zacher, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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This is another one of the obscure towers of the Colorado National Monument. It is located far up No Thoroughfare Canyon.

The climb starts in the hallway between the tower and the buttress up a fist crack. Chimney/jam up and obviously move into the main chimney system. This is where the climb gets exciting, run it out by stemming/chimneying up past some scary rock with no gear for a ways. Towards the top of the chimney I saw two drilled holes to hand place a baby angle in. (Desert Rock III mentions more holes for angles, I didn't see anymore besides an empty bolt hole. At the end of the chimney, there is a fixed piton. Now for the intimidating part (and beta, so stop reading if you want more of an adventure).

The last 15-20' requires face climbing one junk rock with a bad fall potential. I took forever on this section, the line looks obvious, two big huecos to a scary, sloping mantle to a scramble to the summit. I tried everything, even aiding up, but that didn't work at all. Going straight up would be very hard and dangerous, instead traverse left on decaying rock. This is much, much easier, a little more runout and definitely worse rock, but fairly easy.

Rap with two ropes off of 3 fixed pitons.

This climb is pretty fun and unique in a beautiful setting, but runouts, some horrid rock, and runouts on horrid rock keep this one from being a 4 star route.

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To reach this climb drive into the east entrance of the monument. Take the turn off to Glade Park. Go roughly 1 mile on this road and park on a dirt road on the right (there's a huge pull out .8 miles on the road, don't park here, go a little further). You should be able to see into No Thoroughfare Canyon close to where you parked, there's a huge horseshoe shaped side canyon that almost reaches the road. From the road head east, just south of this side canyon to the rim of the main canyon. Rap ~80 m to the ground (tie 2 ropes together), and you should be close to the tower.

Protection Suggest change

2 fist, 2 hand sized cams, 2 #1 baby angles, and singles of some of the other normal sizes. Screamers are probably a good idea.