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Flapjack Tower 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Kory Kowallis, Collin Wogenstahl
New Route: Yes
Season: Winter, Spring or Fall
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Submitted By: KKFA on Oct 31, 2012

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Description 

Start by climbing a finger crack to the right of a fun looking slab. After about 15 feet pull onto the slab and continue up the crack. A slight mantle leads you to either a slopey ledge to the right or a small flat edge to the left of the crack. From there, the crack widens and the rock turns sandy. Pull into the off-width and get a knee in. Take a breath, for it's about to get "fun". Pull into the last crack system, grab some edges on the face and climb to the sub par pockets and dirty crack. 5 more feet of easy climbing to the top. Anchors are a power draw a quickdraw.

Be very careful pulling your rope. The crack system likes to suck it in.

I didn't have a brush to clean the top on the tower. The bottom is great and didn't need any cleaning at all, except for a little blowing off holds.

Placements are scary up high because of the quality of the rock, but as long as you have the gear...



Location 

This tower is right next to Haagenschlong. You can either approach it form the approach pitch of Haagenschlong and walk past the chimney pitch and turn left up another slot. This is the tower and the route starts right after you come out of the slot.

Or you can scramble up the south side of the cliff. To scramble, park at the start of the Pine Canyon road and walk north toward Haagenschlong taking a less steep approach, climb some loose rock to a platform. From there you will see the tower west of you (toward the Buckhorn Wash road)

Protection 

Standard desert rack with extras of .25 - .75. The first ascent was done with only a standard rack but those extras would have been very nice.


Photos of Flapjack Tower Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Cole hanging out at the belay ready to jug.
Cole hanging out at the belay ready to jug.
Rock Climbing Photo: I just pulled this off of the Haagenschlong photos...
BETA PHOTO: I just pulled this off of the Haagenschlong photos...

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By Paul S
From: Fruita, CO
Apr 1, 2013

I never noticed that there was a tower right here. It blends in so well with the wall behind it. Nice find!

We extended the anchor over the cap rock, so the rope pulls fine now as long as you don't get the rope in the big decaying fin you pass on the way up, which is easy to avoid (on the way down, on the way up is a different story). We were a little nervous with the anchor though, the bolts are in a section of rock that is undercut and there is a crack separating it from the rest of the cap rock. Probably fine for now, but something to keep an eye on.
By Cole Bradburn
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 29, 2016

I fixed the anchor yesterday. Put in two new 1/2" by 6" bolts connected with two long Frost draws in rock that seems a bit more solid than the rock the old anchor was in. Now the anchor is set up to rappel back into the corridor. But I left one of the bolts from the old anchor so it can used as a directional if you set up a top down belay.
By Devyn Marie
From: Boulder, Colorado
May 16, 2016

Does anyone know the name of the route on the backside of Flapjack Tower? It is bolted and starts in the alley around the corner from Haagenschlong, between the main wall and Flapjack Tower.