REI Community
Forgotten Wall, Control Tower & Up The Creek Wall
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
A River Runs To It S 
Abandonement Issues T 
Aerial Combat S 
Air Break S 
Air Worthy S 
All Washed Up T 
Aretes Syndrome S 
Black Water T 
Blood Book T 
Candy Man S 
Cat On A Hot Thin Roof S 
Collateral Damage S 
Don't Grab Here T 
Eskimo Roll S 
Explorers T 
Finders Keepers S 
Fleuger Chimney T 
Flight Line 1 T 
Flight Line 2 S 
Flight Line 3 T 
Flight Stimulator T 
Forget Me Not T 
Here's my Paddle! S 
Jibber Jabber S 
Losers Weepers S 
Napolean Complex S 
No Tooth Or Consequences S 
Non-nuclear Arms S 
Old and Creeky S 
Omission Statement S 
Parting Shot S 
Polar Bear Club S 
Running With The Bulls S 
Skybox S 
Sundance S 
Sweetie Don't Bite S 
Trailing Edge T 
Tributary T 
Tryptophandemonium S 
Use It Or Lose It S 
Virgin's Airline S 
Watershed S 
Where's My Paddle S 
Wreckless Abandon T 

Aerial Combat 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: EFR,JSt,'07
New Route: Yes
Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
Page Views: 48
Submitted By: 1Eric Rhicard on Dec 19, 2007

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (4)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Jill finishing the day off right!


The crack through the 5 foot roof is the crux. It really helps to have a ton of tape or some crack gloves. The jams are painful otherwise. The left start is as tricky as the roof itself and makes the route a tad harder.


This route climbs the middle of the south face of the Control Tower. It has two starts. From the rocks to the left climb past a roof with a chain at the lip, or climb overhanging jugs up broken face directly below the roof.



Photos of Aerial Combat Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott just before being shot down on Aerial Combat...
Scott just before being shot down on Aerial Combat...
Rock Climbing Photo: EFR during combat.
BETA PHOTO: EFR during combat.

Comments on Aerial Combat Add Comment
Show which comments
By 1Eric Rhicard
Apr 5, 2008

Did this route again with the left hand start and found the second roof to be quite challenging. I originally rated it 5.11 but it may be harder. We need someone that does this kind of thing now and then to give us a clue.
By Brent Silvester
Apr 8, 2009
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Did the right hand variation to the route. Really fun on sight. It was like four mini-routes (steep start, slab, roof, easy finish) combined together. Didn't have tape, and I would agree that it would be nice to have. Seems like the route could take gear, so if that's your thing, it would be an amazing effort to lead it that way. Will try the left hand variation next time.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Apr 8, 2009

Nice OS! We thought about not putting the bolt in at the roof but the gear would get in the way and I think when we did it on TR it caused a lot of drag because it pinched the cam. Besides, it is only a couple pieces of gear and the rest is bolts anyway.
By Joe Kreidel
From: San Antonio, TX
Jan 12, 2011

Exciting roof, with lots of other interesting moves. Jamming is optional...
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Apr 10, 2011

Just in case you were wondering :-) you can aid the roof w a #4 cam

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About