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Roach Addition 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Steve Roach, 1991
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Submitted By: Jim McGuire on Jan 1, 2005

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Several bolted face climbs appeared on the Tower in the late 80's and early 90's before the Park Service got wind of the drilling and put the kibosh on it. This may not be the most stellar example of these climbs but it has a fine, airy position right on the SE corner and is a great route to do while waiting in line for Soler.

Take the south face approach up "the ramp" to the broken column at the extreme right side of the south face. Continue around the nicely exposed corner onto the east face just below the chimney/corner start of Hollywood and Vine. Roach Addition climbs the face of the broken column to the left of the corner. Go up the face passing 3 bolts with a few insipient cracks between which will take some small nuts if need be. The crux is at a small overlap at the 3rd bolt. There is a two bolt anchor on the ledge for a rappel or continue up Rocksuckers or Hollywood and Vine.

It is also easy to set up a toprope here but congestion can be a problem with all the crowds passing through for Soler and Tad.


3 quickdraws and a few extra small nuts.

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By Paul Jacobson
Feb 5, 2004
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is a great route. Different than most routes at the tower. Great slab using small face holds and cracks a holds. No crack technique needed! When I heard there was only 3 bolts I was a bit freeked, but there is plenty of places for stoppers. Give it a ride. There is great exposure on this one!

By TomKingsbury
Feb 19, 2008

There are definitely better routes at the tower, don't waste your time.

Of the 30 routes I've climbed here, this one and the first pitch of dump watt are the bottom two on the list. (although i heard that 'dump watt' was popular, and much cleaner in the 80's.)

don't get me wrong: "even the bad routes are good", but there are WAY better lines to be climbed at the Devils Tower

By phatline
From: Burlingame, CA
Jun 6, 2009

Agree this is bottom of the barrel face climbing at the tower, BUT:

1. It's moderate and thus accessible to more climbers
2. It's got a GREAT, airy, full-view belay at the top
3. Rappel that can be done with one 60m rope to the ramps

The view was probably one of the widest I got at the Tower (besides the top!).
By njhamel
Mar 27, 2015

I was being a gumby two weeks ago and got a nut stuck right before dark on this route and had to leave it. I'm sure it will come out with a little patience.
By Jimmy D
From: Rapid City
Aug 18, 2015

Climbed this on accident thinking it was the first pitch of Hollywood and Vine (its not), turned out to be super fun but we had to rap down to the start of H&V. Not a classic tower pitch, but not a bad warmup either. My 2nd thought this pitch was pretty cool with great exposure. This is a slab climb, I feel grade is accurate for the style.
By Adam Block
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 18, 2017
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Use the first two bolts of this bad boy to approach Hollywood and Vine. Keeps the rope out of the bushes and adds a fun move (5.7/8) to step into the stembox. Just bump your first piece in the stembox high to keep the drag low.

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