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Balancing Act - West Tower 

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

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1000', Grade IV
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: J Nelson, GR Johnson, G Hayden
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Submitted By: gabe hayden on Feb 15, 2016

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BETA PHOTO: Looking down the thin corner on P5

Description 

Approach: Start on south side of Mendenhall towers, several hundred feet west of Mountaineer's Route start. Start below gully leading out from the large perched basin on the west tower(Tower #1).

Climb:
P1: Climb 5.7 terrain up gully to intermediate ledge.
P2: Climb up through 5.10 offwidth to gain low angle gully system leading to upper faces.
Scramble up gully to base of upper faces.
P3: Climb 5.8 terrain to gain base of razor-edge flake leading up and leftwards.
P4: Follow razor-edge flake, 5.9, moving up and left towards prominent red arete two pitches away.
P5: Boulder moves off the belay to gain large flake leading to the red corner system. Climb thin right facing corner up to roof traverse to the right and the belay. 5.11
P6: Climb thin crack and face moves up the red face in large right facing corner, traverse left to arete when possible. Climb arete into shallow corner inset onto the arete. Climb corner to the top of the arete. Belay below final roof. 5.11
P7. Climb final 5.10 roof around chockstone to gain easier terrain on ridgeline. Can likely be linked with P6.

See route overlay images for additional guidance.

Follow easy terrain to summit of West Tower.

Descend face to the climber's left of the route.

Protection 

Standard alpine clean rack


Photos of Balancing Act - West Tower Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the final 5.10 corner, P7
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the final 5.10 corner, P7
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up P6 as climber moves to the arete.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up P6 as climber moves to the arete.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Pitch 4. Route is headed towards long r...
BETA PHOTO: Looking up Pitch 4. Route is headed towards long r...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up P1
BETA PHOTO: Looking up P1
Rock Climbing Photo: Descent to Mendenhall Glacier proper
Descent to Mendenhall Glacier proper
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitches 3-7 overlay
BETA PHOTO: Pitches 3-7 overlay
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitches 1&2 overlay
BETA PHOTO: Pitches 1&2 overlay

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