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Foolproof Tower Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 34.03705, -116.14433 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tony B on Jan 11, 2004

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Foolproof Tower. Photo by Blitzo.


This "tower" so to speak is also more of a dome, and is nearly an extension of Fire Me A Fatburger Rock. The main buttress holds 5 routes and faces primarily East, getting morning sun. The routes there are both trad and sport, and range from 5.9 to 5.11. There is a fixed anchor at the top of Bufords/High Strung to belay and rap from. Since this rock lies within the 'Wanderland' (pun) of rocks, it is in a wilderness area and is not open to further bolting, but based on my experince there, that's no big loss. The face is exfoliating enough to prevent a truely high quality face line from being an option anyway.

The best routes here are probably High Strung (5.9) and Rice Cake Roof (10c).

Getting There 

Hike into Wonderland (or 'wanderland' as I refer to it, for the potential to get lost) past Uncle Willie's, then pass Bankrupcy Wall and follow along the Fatburger rock on your left until the wash opens up. At that moment you look left and can see the Foolproof Tower nestled into the Fatburger Rock's NE corner. It is identified by the presence of two bolted lines and a cap roof near the top. A main buttress on the wall also has a strong dihedral on each it's left and right side.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.3 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Foolproof Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Foolproof Tower:
High Strung   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Buford's House of Liver   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Nick on High Strung

High Strung 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Foolproof Tower
This climb takes the striking crack on the left side of the formation's east face and is a definite must do for the grade. The start is a somewhat bouldery move into a thin crack that slowly widens throughout the length of the climb. Those not well-versed in wider cracks may desire something larger than suggested to protect the upper section. The climb ends on a nice ledge with anchors which give quick and easy access back to your packs.Continuous and varied, this splitter is one that should be ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Anonymous Coward
Jan 13, 2004
buffords house of liver isnt a bad route, I would deffinitly do it again given the chance....

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