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Reaching for the first bolt on P2.
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There are many options to the first pitch. We chose a wide crack in a corner on the east side.
P1: Climb the corner at 5.9+ to the ledge and build an anchor by slinging some rubble.
P1.5: 3rd class around the south side and up a ramp to the SW side. The bolts with rivet hangers on them will be obvious on the summit block.
P2: Climb up to the base of the 3 bolt, bolt ladder. Do a couple free moves up and right off the last bolt to a 3 bolt anchor on the summit.
One long rappel down the west side will get you to the ground.
Walk from the car to the base of the talus cone. Scramble through the small cliff bands on the talus cone on the south side. There seem to be many different options for the first pitch, we started the route on the east side of the tower as DR4 suggests.
If you climb the first pitch we did I would take a single set from .3-3 camalot plus two #4 and a #5. Three quick draws, aiders, 2 ropes.
Clean climbing in corner w/ offwidth crux.
Nov 21, 2014
Maybe there was a different way for the approach (didn't appear to be?) but we scrambled up the northwest side for the approach (short minor class 4 bands), climbed a 5.9 crack on the northeast side, walked around (counterclockwise) to the south side, scrambled up a class 3 slot and then aided on bolts up the west face to the top.
A double rope rappel down the west face got us to the bottom.
I thought the rock quality on the climbing was fairly good but the rock quality on the scrambling was really chossy. Neat adventure and killer summit.