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Fog Tower 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 25'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Mike Schneiter ? (FRA)
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Michael Schneiter on Jan 18, 2014

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Fog Tower

Description 

A small tower just barely detached from the rim. We hiked up to this tower on a foggy day after snow and weather spoiled much of our climbing plans. The day before we had seen it while hiking and had hoped that the tower was taller and a true separate summit.

Instead, you can stem between the tower and the wall all the way up until the very top. And, it proved to be only about 25 feet from the saddle to the top. Regardless, it was a reasonably enjoyable outing considering our options were pretty limited that day. Some small gear protects this thing thoroughly.

Beware that the summit block is detached from the tower and has a lot of space between it and the rest of the tower. Down climb the route or engineer an anchor as there are no fixed anchors on top.

I put a "?" for the FA because it's totally feasible that somebody else had done what we had done. It is out of the way, not obvious, not destination worthy and we did clean some junk rock out of the obvious crack so it's possible we were the first to lay hands on it. But, it may even be possible jump it from the rim for the reasonably hardy.

Location 

On the left side of the Fog Wall, the obvious "tower" that is slightly detached from the rim. Climb between the tower and the wall where there is a small crack to use for protection.

Protection 

Nuts, including small with cams up to #1 Camalot. No fixed anchors on top.


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