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Blinded by the Light S 
Craggy Crack T,TR 
Lichen Attack Crack T 
Mainliner S 
Original Route (aka Mean Leaner) T 
Second Thought S 
Tiny Propeller S 
Tupelo Chain Sex S 
Unknown S 
Will of the Wasp S 

Leaning Tower Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 35.82208, -106.54078 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Camster (Rhymes with Hamster) on Apr 18, 2008


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Delicate movement into the crux on Tiny Propeller....


A huge leaning chunk of rock about a mile back in the canyon. A big crack splits the overhanging south face of this tower.

Getting There 

Simply follow the trail from the Las Conchas parking area for about 20 minutes downstream. After roughly 15 minutes and crossing the third wooden bridge over the river, you'll come to The Sponge on the north (right) side of the creek. Keep hiking for a few more minutes and the Leaning Tower will be the brilliant and obvious wall on your right.

Climbing Season

For the Las Conchas area.

Weather station 2.3 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Leaning Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Leaning Tower:
Tiny Propeller   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Second Thought   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 40'   
Original Route (aka Mean Leaner)   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Mainliner   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Leaning Tower, Las Conchas
Leaning Tower, Las Conchas
Rock Climbing Photo: The routes on the left
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By LeeAB Brinckerhoff
From: ABQ, NM
Sep 18, 2011
These routes might be the product of Wpenner? I recall being told about a few routes down that way by him or Arron Chavez, the white mexican, and yes I believe they were all supposed to be 5.11 and 5.12
By William Penner
From: The 505
Sep 19, 2011
Lee is correct, those are four routes I bolted a few years ago.

The left three are somewhere between 5.11c and 5.12a. The right one is a bit harder. As George noted, two of these climbs are at least 90 ft tall making them the longest routes at Las Conchas other than Mainliner and Mean Leaner on the Leaning Tower. They were bolted for stick-clipping and the cruxes are quite hard and difficult to figure out.

I have never heard a name for the formation these are located on. Given how long it took for routes to go up on this chunk of rock, Hidden Tower seems more appropriate. Tupelo Chain Sex is way left of these routes, just uphill and around the corner from the Leaning Tower. It is so named because it uses chain for hangers (classic ghetto bolting technique from the early 90s). It also looks like a complete turd-pile with few redeeming features.

What lines did you do George?

By LeeAB Brinckerhoff
From: ABQ, NM
Sep 19, 2011
So when are you going to post up the route beta, W?

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