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Redgarden - Tower One

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L to R R to L Alpha
Alice in Bucketland T 
Apple Strudel T,S 
Art Of Slappiness, The S 
Art's Spar T 
Better Layton Never S 
Blueberry Boodle T 
Body Tremors T 
Chockstone Chimney T 
Consummation Nite T 
Daedalus T 
Deadpoint T 
Dirty Deed T 
Doub-Griffith T 
E.L.100 T 
Electric Aunt Jemima T 
Exhibit A T 
Exit Stage Left T 
Flashdance T 
Fresh Garbage T 
Grand Giraffe T 
Grand Giraffe Slot Variation T 
Icarus T 
Ignition S 
Italian Arete T 
King Cobra, The T 
Magic Bus T 
Magic Carpet Ride S 
Magic Route T 
Mellow Fellow T 
Mellow Yellow T,S 
Memory Lapse T 
Mickey Mouse Nailup T 
Much Slater (left variation) T 
Neptune's Bible T 
Neurosis T 
One and a Half Hours of Power T 
Over the Shoulder Stuff T 
Parting Shot T,S 
Phallus In Suck-It-Land T 
Pigeon Crack T 
Psycho Pigeon T 
Psychosis T 
Reaper T 
Rocky Raccoon T 
Roll Over Rover T 
Rosy II - (In Memory Of Layton Kor) T 
Rover T 
Ruper T 
Ruper to Grand Giraffe T 
Short Arm Inspection. T 
Smoke & Mirrors T 
Song of the Dodo T,TR 
South Face of Tower One T 
Super Slab T 
Superspar T 
Three Old Farts Young at Heart T 
To RP or not to Be T 
Untouchables, The S 
Variation to Third Pitch of Yellow Spur T 
Vertigo T 
West Arete (of T1), The T 
Without A Net T 
Yellow Fellow T 
Yellow Spur, The T 
Ytrid Deed, The T 

Redgarden - Tower One Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Mar 20, 2006


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  • Description 

    Tower One is the obvious pointy summit of the upper Redgarden Wall. It is probably the only summit in Eldorado Canyon which can be precisely pinpointed with a single finger :) when on top. This section of Redgarden Wall will include routes on Tower One. This will be demarcated by a line connecting West Chimney to The Dirty Deed going all the way to Ruper including that terrain above the Lower Ramp.

    The routes in this section certainly rank with some of the longest and finest of Eldorado Canyon. There is more to choose for the moderate climber. Some of these lines may help your spirit soar. For many, these routes hold a special place in the climbers' hearts. One down side to this is that the most popular or famous may develop queues, so plan accordingly.

    Some of the best lines here include: the glorious Icarus, 5.6 s; the brilliant Ruper, 5.8 s; Alice in Bucketland, 5.8+ s; the ever-popular route, The Yellow Spur, 5.9 to 5.10b; Italian Arete, 5.9 s; Grand Giraffe, 5.10a; the airy Rosy Crucifixion, 5.10a s; Art's Spar, 5.10c; Superspar, 5.10c; Super Slab, 5.10d; Psychosis, 5.10d s; Vertigo, 5.11b; Doub-Griffith, 5.11c s; Ignition, 5.11d; Mellow Yellow, 5.11d s; Wild Kingdom, 5.12a; Apple Strudel, 5.12a/b s.

    One thing to consider here is that lines that face west here do not go into the sun until about 11am or 12pm. Then, for a short time, it may be difficult to distinguish features above you.

    It would be wise to plan your descents before you leave the ground since none are completely obvious. Many of the lines that go to the top can be descended with at least 4 methods. 1) You can rappel the Swanson Arete or Dirty Deed rappels with double ropes. 2) You can downscramble the East Slabs Descent (plan - to be fleshed out with its own separate description) low 4th class- note this is exposed, lengthy, and particularly slippery when wet. You may wind up a long way from your gear and comfortable shoes. Also, the last bit can be challenging in the spring with a wet slab finish or funky downclimb down a chimney. 3) you can rappel the Chockstone Chimney rappels which take you to the top of the Upper Ramp or Meadows. Here, you can rappel the Vertigo rappels (60m or 2 ropes) or carefully descend the Upper Meadows to the rappels below The Naked Edge. 4) You perform the lengthy traverse W or left off the top going to the top of Redgarden Wall around Hot Spur and into the 3rd class+ gully.

    Getting There 

    To access this section of Redgarden Wall, you should park at the east end of Eldorado Canyon SP, hike uphill briefly, cross the bridge. Here, for routes from Ruper to Super Slab/Doub-Griffith you may choose one of 2 approaches depending on your preference. You can continue upstream, cross the concrete pad, follow the trail, take the right fork and you arrived nearly at the base of T2. For routes on the west side of Tower One in the vicinity of Vertigo and left, you should take the left fork (see above) and continue around the base of the Pickpocket Wall and catch the Redgarden Trail in the gully between Redgarden Wall and the West Ridge. This is labeled as a climber's access trail. Continue up this trail. Go right at the fork for Kloof Alcove area, ascend railroad tie steps, a small ladder. For routes on Tower One's west face, you likely will go to the area below Yellow Spur's start and 3rd-4th class up a short bit of rock to a ledge system. From here, you will find your route moving left or right on this ledge. Finally, it is possible to ascend a route below the Lower Ramp to gain this same ledge.


    Per dlm: watch out for rattlesnakes, especially near the stairs.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 0.2 miles from here

    65 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',2]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Redgarden - Tower One

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Redgarden - Tower One:
    Icarus   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 3 pitches   
    Body Tremors   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   
    Ruper   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches   
    Alice in Bucketland   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 2 pitches   
    Italian Arete   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch   
    Mickey Mouse Nailup   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, 2 pitches   
    The Yellow Spur   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches   
    Smoke & Mirrors   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
    Grand Giraffe   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   
    Three Old Farts Young at Heart   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 230'   
    Super Slab   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches   
    Psychosis   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 210'   
    Art's Spar   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches   
    Psycho Pigeon   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches   
    Superspar   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches   
    Vertigo   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches   
    Parting Shot   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport   
    Doub-Griffith   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches   
    Ignition   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
    Apple Strudel   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport   
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    By ROC
    From: Englewood, CO
    Apr 5, 2006

    The rappel tree on the top of the upper ramp (that puts you more or less at the base of Vertigo) is NOT stable. I was up there last week in high winds and the entire tree was lifting up out of the ground with each gust. I was sitting on the rocks near the tree and was lifted off the ground each time the tree would move. I left a rap anchor that consisted of three equalized stoppers, but I'm afraid the new anchor will be treated like booty gear. The tree may be fine, but under the circumstances I was not willing to trust my life to, "it's probably okay".
    By Ron Olsen
    From: Boulder, CO
    Mar 29, 2007
    ROC wrote:
    WARNING!!! The rappel tree on the top of the upper ramp (that puts you more or less at the base of Vertigo) is NOT stable.

    A bolted rappel anchor was installed near this tree on 8/21/06, after approval by the Eldorado Fixed Hardware Review Committee. See Photo, Photo, Photo for details.
    By Sergio P
    From: Idaho Springs, CO
    Apr 7, 2008
    Vertigo Rap beta:

    Once on the upper ramp walk to Chockstone Chimney route. Walk about 15’ higher and begin looking over the edge for a small tree about 20’ below the rim. This sits between a small saddle of the top of the upper ramp and a large rock out cropping. Down climb to the tree. Looking at the wall look right about 15’ for the painted bolts and chain. 2 single rope raps gets you to the Yellow Spur ledge.
    By James Beissel
    From: Boulder, CO
    Nov 19, 2010
    High resolution panorama of Tower One (2,528 megapixels).
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    The Vertigo Raps are visible in this panorama of Tower Two:

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