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Gorilla, The T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
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Tarmac Tower T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a A0 PG13
Type: Trad, Aid, 120 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Collin Wogenstahl and Cole Bradburn
Page Views: 331 total, 23/month
Shared By: Cole Bradburn on Oct 11, 2016
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Description

Some of the best exposure and one of the taller towers in the surrounding area. Awesome climbing up through good aid placements and some free climbing will take you to the shoulder of the tower where you will find a 2 bolt anchor at the top of pitch one. After this anchor you again pull a few free moves to continue through some more aiding past 2 bolts and then you wrap around to your right(So you are above where you started climbing the tower) and you'll find a 3 bolt anchor at the top of pitch 2. This anchor serves as the rappel anchor and the anchor to belay for the last couple of moves to get to the summit. Climb past one bolt and one tack to get on top. There is no anchor on top due to the very poor rock. Take turns with your partner getting on top and then climb back down and rappel from there. Awesome rappel!

Location

The route begins on the south east corner of the tower and wraps around to the south west side for the top of pitch 1 and then wraps back around to the south east side for the top of pitch 2 and the summit.

Protection

Standard desert rack to 6". Pins, cams, and a few quickdraws. Double rope rappel should get you to the bottom.

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Paul S
Fruita, CO
Paul S   Fruita, CO
Fun route. This went clean pretty easily with a set of offset cams and a shoulder stand at the beginning. A 70 m rope will get you down. Nov 7, 2016