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

   
Type:  Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Trevor and Eddie Bowman 5-18-02
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Submitted By: Eli Boardman on Jul 14, 2017

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BETA PHOTO: Route from the northeast

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Location 

On the northeast corner of the pinnacle. The first bolt is on the lichen-covered slab just west of the obvious sub-pinnacle.

Description 

Can't describe it better than the first ascensionist: "a decent route up a great little desert tower transplanted to Wyoming, complete with nearby prickly pear and petroglyphs for authentic desert ambiance."

Runout but easy between the 1st and 2nd bolts and between the 4th bolt and the summit (could protect with a few small cams but I found it unnecessary). Starts with a lichen-covered slab, then the crux is the steep and fun arete/face between the 3rd and 4th bolts.

I believe this is the easiest route to the summit. Thanks to the FA party for putting it up! The summit register calls it Like Father, Like Son, but see comment below for more info.

Protection 

4 bomber Fixe 22kn bolts to a 2 bolt summit anchor with chains. 4 draws sufficient, add a few small pieces if you want to avoid mild runouts on easy terrain.


Photos of Mountaineer's Route Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Closeup of the crux
Closeup of the crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading the crux (just above the 3rd bolt)
Leading the crux (just above the 3rd bolt)

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By Trevor Bowman
From: Sheridan, WY
Jul 24, 2017

Thanks Eli for posting this up, it's about time it was on the internet. I remember this was a decent route up a great little desert tower transplanted to Wyoming, complete with nearby prickly pear and petroglyphs for authentic desert ambiance. I'm sure it has cleaned up a good bit in the 15 years since its establishment. I've actually bumped into a few folks over the years who have climbed it, which I always am stoked to hear. Glad the bolts seem in good condition still.

A few comments on this... I know in the summit register, which sounds like it's still intact, the route is named Like Father, Like Son. I actually named it the Mountaineer's Route in the mini-guidebook for the area I made way back. I apparently totally forgot I had named it otherwise, as I subsequently used that name (Like Father...) on a route in the eastern Big Horns. I guess I thought it was a clever name for some reason? Not that it really matters, I don't particularly care what it is called these days. Also, I did do this with my dad, but I was on the sharp end, drilling the bolts from stances.

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