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YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Ken Rose, Kenny Stern 1974
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Submitted By: Craig Childre on Oct 4, 2006

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Barritt on Arrowsmith

Access is always an issue here. MORE INFO >>>


Great climb with some nice friction opportunities. Sometimes you can even get in a little chimneying in.


The left side of Leaning tower. If you follow the trail a little to the left you will find big slab and nice spot to lace up. Climb up to the corner and set a belay. The second pitch has a couple of options that are really not very good.

Scramble off to the south or rap at Lycra sheath (not recommended unless your TRing it).


All Gear, standard rack.

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By CalebSimpson
Apr 26, 2009

Where is the 5.8 move on this route? I have climbed 5.6 routes in the Wichita's that I had a harder time with than this. I felt it was just a really sustained 5.7. Great route though and the view from up top is amazing. From what I hear many variations exist for toping out on the second pitch. We went left up a polished face easily seen from the belay ledge. Rigging the belay here was tricky, but the anchor was solid. This is now one of my favorite climbs in the Wichita Mountains.
By LanceSullins
From: Ridgway, CO
Mar 31, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I concur, the corner was tricky but didn't seem harder than 5.7. Also, it was well protected.
By Brent Butcher
Nov 28, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Agreed definitely along the lines of a 5.7 not a 5.8.
By Stan Jones
From: Benbrook, TX
May 23, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

If you traverse right after the P1 belay and go up the face/shallow gully, the climbing is easy with great exposure.
By Michael A Parker
From: Tulsa, OK
Feb 19, 2017
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Had a great time on this route. I felt a little insecure on the slab but enjoyed using some chimney technique and even locked in some arm bars when placing gear. I was a little nervous near the top of the 1st pitch as I could hear the rats in the crack just above and behind my head. I didn't want to look back, just tried to block it out and keep moving. The 2nd pitch was really casual but need to be careful with the rope drag as you leave the belay and immediately go around a corner. All in all, I'm glad I got on this route.

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