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Routes in Lookout Tower

East Fayce T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lookout Chimney T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Rockchuck T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Treehouse Jam T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Wash Off Tan T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Type: Trad, 120 ft
FA: John Burcham
Page Views: 135 total · 13/month
Shared By: Derek Field on Apr 25, 2017
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

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The obvious gaping chimney on the southwest side of Lookout Tower is Burcham's original line to this fantastic summit.

Getting into the chimney itself is a shitty boulder problem in a chossy flare. Then there is a long stretch of 4th-class gully filled with tons of little stones wanting to free themselves and bonk your belayer on the brain. Eventually you enter the vertical part of the chimney and discover a splitter fist-offwidth crack on the inner left wall. Tunnel behind a huge chockstone and resume 4th-class gully slogging. Now comes the good part! Layback or jam a tight handcrack thru bomber rock in the back left corner. (There are alternate cracks to finish on, but this is the easiest and most graceful). Step across the chimney to the main wall and continue up easy slabs to Burcham's two-bolt chain anchor.

Rappel from chains. A 70m rope will barely make it; a 60m will need to use the intermediate station halfway down.


Obvious chimney on the southwest side of Lookout Tower.


Standard rack to 5"
Chimney gear strategy: The lighter you go, the more enjoyable it will be. Also, the fewer pieces you place, the less rope-drag you'll be fighting at the top. You only really need 6 or 7 cams for this route.



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