North Continental Tower Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The North Continental Tower viewed from the upper ...
A knife-edge fin of excellent featured granite. The near-horizontal summit ridge provides a wild traverse. Unlike the sharp summit pinnacles of the nearby Middle and South Towers, the North Tower doesn't have a summit in the strict sense. Despite appearances from the valley below, the steeple-shaped apex that looms over the choss gully separating the North from the Middle isn't necessarily higher than other points on the summit ridge. However, we used this as the arbitrarily designated "summit" simply because it was the culmination of the ridge traverse and seemed a logical conclusion to the route.
Just a caveat...if you're into definitive summit outings you'd be better off hitting up either of the neighboring spires, but if you like a route with a sense of whimsy, Aristeia may prove entertaining.
See the detailed description given under the area overview.
Climbing Season For the Wind River Range area.
Weather station 21.4 miles from here
1 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For North Continental Tower
Aristeia 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
: Wind River Range
: ... : North Continental Tower
This convoluted line was followed on the first ascent of the North Tower. While it's certainly no directissima, it does involve some spectacular climbing along the knife-edge summit ridge on splendid rock. Bypass the lower slabby section of the west face via scrambling and routefinding near the left (north) edge of the slabs. The actual climbing begins once the upper headwall of golden-brown rock is met. The first pitch begins up some aesthetic flakes near the right-hand margin of the headwall (...[more] Browse More Classics in WY