Type: Trad, 160 ft
FA: Loran Smith 1979
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Shared By: chinos on Jun 11, 2012
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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Orthanc climbs the obvious blocky left facing corner up the entire cliff. Start to the right of the massive corner and work your way up and left to the base of it. Climb the dangerous blocky corner past small trees to the top of the cliff and solid ground. I would not recommend this route for it is dangerous for the leader and belayer. 160' 5.8 R/X


The obvious blocky death corner


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Don't climb this route. Don't even rappel over it. It's f*n loose. Jul 3, 2012
Edge   R.I.P.
FA by Loran Smith & Booker Bense. July 1, 1979. (my 18th birthday) Aug 3, 2012
Loran I have to give it a bomb. the climb is a complete choss pile and is dangerous. we do not need people climbing these routes with rock fall potential while others are out there.

I agree that it's an amazing feature and a great line for the serious adventure climber, but calling it a three star route and luring people to try it is not a good idea. It's better off unrepeated! Mar 19, 2013
Edge   R.I.P.
I fully agree Jon. I think time tempered my memory, and our initial exploration of Adventure Punks reminded me why I wrote in my log book in 1979 that I was super thankful to top out Orthanc. For some bizarre reason I still remember it fondly, as it was a big step in my personal progression. Mar 19, 2013
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
Eff'm Mar 19, 2013