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By EB
From: Winona
Apr 8, 2009
Pete, thanks for the inspiration. I'm moving back w/ the family to the midwest in a few weeks and pics like this help a ton. You should consider doing the west bluff tower circuit; 15 towers in a day is a great day of climbing weather you're in the sawtooths or wisconsin. Have a great spring!
By Jay Knower
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From: Campton, NH
Apr 8, 2009
Are there even 15 towers on the West Bluff? I can think of four right now (Cleo's, the Frigate, Turks Head, Prospect Point). What are the other 11?
By Peter Arndt
Apr 8, 2009
Eric:

The "Tower Circuit" sounds very cool. Would need to have a well planned strategy. Knower spoke of climbing one route on every "Named" buttress/tower from the Guide Book on the West Bluff in a Day. I don't know if he ever completed it. This would be the time of year to do it. Zig Zagging up down the Bluff and traversing all the boulder fields would be half the fun. Light rack and hip belays would be the order of the day.

Speaking of quests. TK (hope I'm not "outing" him) has almost completed his personal quest to climb at least one route on every NAMED Buttress/Tower in the Park. That is not as easy at it might seem. Forces one to get off the East Buttress and do some serious bushwhacking.

Along those lines just getting to all those gem spots over the course of a lifetime is very cool. That is one thing I'm particularly proud of. I thank my lucky stars that I got "in" to climbing 15 odd years ago. Had I not I would have never explored this treasure that we have out our back door. 99.9% of Baraboo have no idea.....

Look forward to seeing you.

Peter
By Peter Arndt
Apr 8, 2009
Eric and Jay:

A very quick count gives me (33) "named" features in Swartling's diagram of the West Bluff. That would include the obscure "Turtle" and "Hangman" just above and north of the Slant Boulderfield. That 33 also includes "Hollywood and Vines" and the "North Slope". Too damn bad the Panoramic is gone as that would give a nice place for an Adult Beverage to sip on and talk of the Glory of it All.

Jay, I'm shocked you don't have the Bible errrrrrrr I mean the guide book at the ready.
By Peter Arndt
Apr 8, 2009
"Towers" on the West Bluff
-Split Tower (2?)
-Cleo's
-Prospect Point Towers
Sun Top Tower
Great Tower
-Prospect Point (proper)
Prospect Point Pinnacle
-Turks Tooth
-Reclining Tower
-Tree Tower
-Tyrolean Tower
-1st pitch of Turks Head Ridge is a Tower
-Frigate

This is all I can come up with. Eric, additions or deletions?
By EB
From: Winona
Apr 9, 2009
Hey Pete and Jay, We climbed 15 total with nothing harder than 5.9. Start with turks tooth 5.5 , turks head 5.5, cleos 5.4, tilted tower 5.6, unnamed East of tilted 5.2- 5.6 jam crack(east face), The frigate 5.5-5.9, split tower 5.7, smoke stack 5.9 (classic!), unnamed tower east of smoke stack(my personal highlight, short tower with old pin driven in horizontal with 2 names carved into the tower from 1938!), first tower 5.7, suntop 5.8, great tower 5.6, prospect point pinnicle 5.6, reclining tower 5.6,and tree tower 5.7 to finish back at our cooler at the top of the service road. We spent about 11 hours climbing and hiking and it felt like an alpine day of climbing. There are a few more which we didn't to due to lack of neck oil. Basically we looked for any formations which had independent summits. A couple I admit were pretty short( ex. first tower 20ft at most) but a super fun outing regardless. Cheers
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The Majestic WEST BLUFF

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