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Via Normale (Northeast Wall) T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
West Chimney T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Type: Trad, 230 ft, 3 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Rodger Raubach on Aug 9, 2013
Admins: Tim Wolfe

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Description

This is suitable for a beginner's first climb, and takes little time to complete and descend. The route has several sections of roped scrambling, and follows a crack to the first belay with a slung "hourglass" thread for protection along the way. The second lead is scrambling and very easy 5th class, which ends at another thread for a belay. The final pitch is 5.2-5.3 which is the best one of the climb and involves a bit of stemming in a dihedral.

Two 60 foot rappels are required to descend from the SW edge of the tower. Both are overhanging, free rappels. Two 60 meter ropes would make this a breeze to descend.

Location

This route is the first encountered from the path described in the approach to the tower from the Scoiattoli Hut. It begins near the right side, viewed from the NW.

Protection

Mostly natural protection, and longer slings are necessary. A light rack is advisable, though.

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Andrew G
Silver Spring, MD
  5.0
Andrew G   Silver Spring, MD
  5.0
This felt a lot more like scrambling than climbing to me, though the fall consequences warrant 5th class. Not interesting from a climbing perspective, but an easy romp to gain a tower summit!

You could definitely make the top in one pitch with a 70m, and I think you could probably do it with a 60m as well, but it'd be close. Sep 14, 2017
This is an excellent "family" climb for those with inexperienced beginners and smaller children Care must be taken on the described rappels, and descent of the face climbed is a safer alternative. I repeated this one in my Boulder-X approach shoes, and still found it very easy. Aug 28, 2014
Additional commentary. This is a really fun route with a couple of very exciting rappels from a tree near the S. edge of the West face. Although the "Dolomite standard" rope is 50 meters, a 60 meter rope makes many of the descents less tricky in reaching subsequent rappel anchors. My rating as a 5.3 is generous, and is only a single move. This was a direct corresponding grade to a UIAA Gr. III+ given in the local guidebooks. Sep 10, 2013