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Routes in Leaning Tower

Blinded by the Light S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Craggy Crack T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lichen Attack Crack T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Mainliner S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Original Route (aka Mean Leaner) T 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Sausage Candles S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Second Thought S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Tiny Propeller S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Tupelo Chain Sex S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Unknown S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Will of the Wasp S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Type: Sport, 75 ft
FA: Cam Burns and Paul Fehlau, 1990
Page Views: 390 total, 11/month
Shared By: Jason Halladay on Feb 7, 2015
Admins: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Typically avoided because of the super funky chain-links-used-as-bolt-hangers setup and a lack of a real anchor, the route is surprisingly fun.
Pull onto the rock and make tricky moves to the second clip. Sneaky moves get you up to the third bolt before another slabby crux past the fifth bolt. Pretty sweet holes and huecos lead to the seventh bolt and one more tricky bulge move before clipping two new (February 2015) bolts to the anchor at the top of the formation.

For a couple decades a carabiner on the last (seventh) bolt served as the anchor with a single carabiner on it. Cam says they topped it out and didn't install an anchor, thus the current single bolt anchor setup. In February 2015 Jason added two bolts and an anchor to extend the climb and make for a safer lowering experience.


On the small buttress just east of the Leaning Tower proper. It's left of the Easy Bake Alcove proper. Chain-link hangers make the route easy to spot.


Nine bolts. The first seven bolts are equipped with chain links for hangers.


Cam and Paul Fehlau, 1990 Dec 9, 2016
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
This past weekend I extended the route by two bolts and installed a two bolt anchor. The left chain on the anchor could use one more screw link to orient the carabiner properly to avoid rope twisting (I'll take a link next time I go up there.)
I hoped to put real hangers on the bolts but the bolts were much too big for my standard hole hangers. It may require drilling new holes, unfortunately. Feb 10, 2015