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Big Ben Tower Rock Climbing 

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Location: 47.55194, -120.70335 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: geoff georges on Jan 28, 2014
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This tower grabs your eye if you are hiking down the Snow Creek trail or over at Pearly Gates. It sits up and right of Careno Crag. There are a few ways up it, but the south face crack is the best.This slope is south facing and very hot if the temps are above 70 degrees.Also beware of rattlesnakes lurking under rocks on the trail.

Getting There 

Same approach as for Careno, about an hour from the road. The trail leads up above Careno passing Exotic Dancer( must do) and traverses right ward under several small cliffs till you come to the obvious tower.

Climbing Season

For the Purina and Careno Area area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

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South Face Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Washington : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : ... : Big Ben Tower
A fun crack up a little tower. The crux is the roof move after the slab on the first pitch. 2nd pitch starts wide right off the belay, maybe 5.9, then mostly 5.8 hand crack. After the big ledge and bush there are a couple of options. I went straight up a over hanging crack, maybe 5.9.I would give this 3 stars but it was pretty dirty....[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Dec 9, 2015
Jon or Micah, I added this area, but it could be consolidated into Careno.
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Dec 10, 2015
Got it.

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