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Block Tower Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 12,210'
Location: 42.77521, -109.23691 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Gokul on Aug 18, 2014
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BETA PHOTO: East Face of Block Tower


Block Tower, as the name suggests, is the peak with the blocky summit, just south of Shark's Nose. There are two routes that are generally taken to the summit, one climbing from the East (above Cirque Lake), and the other from the Northwest. Both routes meet on an airy ridge that leads south (away from the col with Shark's Nose) to a large ledge below the summit block.

Getting There 

From the Lonesome Lake area, to get to the East side of Block Tower, hike the trail that heads up past Pingora towards Cirque Lake. Leave the trail and make your way through talus on the South side of the lake. You will likely have to traverse a snow slope below the tower, which might need some traction (crapons/axe) in the early season. The Northwest route is approached from Shadow Lake, heading south, past Shark's Nose. Expect some snow here as well.

Climbing Season

Weather station 23.2 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Block Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Block Tower:
5.5 Chimney   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For Block Tower
Rock Climbing Photo: Seth Kane on the lead.

5.5 Chimney 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  Wyoming : Wind River Range : ... : Block Tower
Type: 2 Pitches ~170'P1 - 5.4 Follow the arete to a large ledge ~100'Alternatively, come from the north (Shark's Nose) via a 4th class ramp (means you're probably doing the traverse).P2 - 5.5 Start on a large flake, work your way past a fixed nut, then up to a ~20 foot chimney. There's a ledge below the chimney where you can comfortably attach your pack to your harness. Exit the chimney and pull a...[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

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Rock Climbing Photo: Gokul on the summit of Block Tower
Gokul on the summit of Block Tower
Rock Climbing Photo: Block Tower from the East
Block Tower from the East

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