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The Buck Stops Here (AKA "The Truman Motto") 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 380'
Original:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Engle, Phinney, Archbold
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Submitted By: Andy Busse on Nov 11, 2007

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Tony on pitch 4

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Pitch 1: 5.11a
Start on the lowest pt of Truman Tower in a 10' crack. Follow the crack to the face past a couple of bolts trending up and right around a corner to gain a major crack that diagonals back to the left. Follow this crack to a ledge, belay here.

Pitch 2: 5.10
From the belay ledge follow the vertical crack up past the bulge through a series of parallel vertical cracks to gain a weakness below the headwall, follow this weakness and crack system up and left past a set of anchors and 1 bolt to major horn in a schist band.
(note that from the anchors the bolt is not visible, from the anchors follow the left crack up and left around the corner to gain a major ledge, follow the ledge up and left to a schist band and horn below the bolt line for pitch 3)

Pitch 3: 5.11b
From the horn clip the bolt directly above and move out right. Follow the bolt line up and right to the top of the formation. Bring a #1 Camalot for between the 3rd and 4th bolt. Belay in a cove that separates the minor formations.

Pitch 4: 5.9
Traverse out left around the bulge to a vertical crack system, follow this up past a major horn, then follow the crack up and back to the right. Exit and go for the summit.


Approach: park at the Emancipation/Inner Marker Pull-off, follow the trail that divides the two major formations for 250', then trend up right to the base of Truman Tower; (the major formation protruding from Emancipation, looker's left of White House Wall on the northwest side).

The route is on looker's right of Truman Tower

2 Rope Rappel
Summit down to horn at belay station top of pitch 2. Horn to the ground.


10 Quickdraws, Camalots (2x #.4-#4), Set of Stoppers, Double-length slings, 2x 60m Ropes for rappel

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Rock Climbing Photo: Cali and Tony starting out the 4th pitch
Cali and Tony starting out the 4th pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting pitch 2
Starting pitch 2
Rock Climbing Photo: Truman Tower, "The Buck Stops Here" AKA ...
Truman Tower, "The Buck Stops Here" AKA ...

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