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Tulgey Wood 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Mark Hesse, Dan McClure '72
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Submitted By: Mark M. on Aug 16, 2002

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Fisting is fun??? Lew on the long 160ft fist crac...

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An excellent route which will test all of your crack climing techniques. This route starts in a left facing dihederal on the south end of the west face just right of a tree and 2 cracks to the left of the 5.10 version of Mcarthy West Face.

The first pitch (10a) is fun and continuous with thin fingers & liebacking up the corner to a belay on top of the column on the left. Pitch 2 heads up a short corner (10a)to another ledge. These pitches could probably be combined with a 60m rope. The third pitch is the meat of the climb. Continue up the obvious crack in the left-facing corner. Although it is "easier" at 5.9 it is wide, continous, and gets more steep as you go for a long 160+ feet. From here you can do some poor climbing up chimneys to reach the summit or do two long raps on double ropes form bolts.

Mark Morehouse


Stoppers and small cams for the first and 2nd pitch. The 3rd pitch is wide and would eat up 3.5 camalots, although 3's work well in spots and you could use a #2 and the bottom of the pitch.

Photos of Tulgey Wood Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Dede is just past the crux on P1...
Dede is just past the crux on P1...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on the 1st and 3rd pitches. the climber o...
Climbers on the 1st and 3rd pitches. the climber o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down at the tricky crux section on P2...
Looking down at the tricky crux section on P2...
Rock Climbing Photo: Base of Tulgey Wood
BETA PHOTO: Base of Tulgey Wood
Rock Climbing Photo: Jon at the crux
Jon at the crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Jon in the hand crack
Jon in the hand crack
Rock Climbing Photo: linking the 2nd pitch
linking the 2nd pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: stemming at the crux of pitch one.
stemming at the crux of pitch one.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cheryl Gourley on the first pitch.
Cheryl Gourley on the first pitch.

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By Scott Conner
From: Lyons, CO
Sep 15, 2003

To further help locate this route, the left facing dihedral mentioned in the description is a LF accute corner through one stretch about 50' up. The crack starts out hands, goes to fingers, and eventually peters out to an RP seam (crux).

We only did the 1st 2 pitches. The 3rd pitch looks like an amazing fist/OW crack. Beautiful climb with great pro. Sustained and varied. Awesome! Scott Conner
By John Gunnels
From: Gillette, WY
Apr 8, 2006
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Make SURE of your placements on P2. The moves are deceiving...
By Steven Lucarelli
From: Moab, UT
May 10, 2006
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

The third pitch is not to be missed, just bring extra big cams. We didn't have enough so I had to run it out about 15 feet between some pieces and fiddle with large hexes.
By flynn
Feb 12, 2007

I thought the third pitch was the crux of the climb: lots and lots of moves, few rests and deep, elusive, difficult jams for small hands. Keep your psych up even though it's "only" 5.9.
By Nate Furman
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 29, 2008

A partner and I did this several years ago. The seasonal rangers said that the third pitch had a reputation for being the hardest 5.9 pitch in the country.

Although I think that may be overstating the case, the 3rd pitch is certainly a good workout. My partner was so exhausted mid-pitch that he decided to lower off rather than struggle/thrutch for another 45 minutes. His OW technique was probably a little underdeveloped, but, yeah, the pitch really gives you the what for.

Protects fine, though. Super fun.
By Greg Sievers
From: Bozeman, MT
Sep 25, 2008

a comment & few tricks that may help some taller, and big handed folks.
1. the thin seam crux of P1, is dicey for sausage fingered people. but it took C3 x #00.
2. P2 can be made easier by stemming to the left wall. Im 6', and it maxed by span, but helped tremendously.
3. P3 is the enduro pitch. it is not OW. no place for arm bars, or heel-toe here. but it is a fist crack (horizontal fist). thick tape, or hand-jammies will help alot. camming the foot, an occasional knee, and lemaz will help.
4. a triple rack from #2-#4, will help. perhaps even 4, #3.5s
By Joe Dawson
Jun 1, 2009

The first pitch is quality climbing on good rock. We only did the first pitch. Our book said to take some RPs to protect the crux. You do not need any RPs to protect the crux or any other part of the pitch 1. My girlfriend placed a #5 Stopper at the crux and that was the smallest piece she used.
By tooTALLtim
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 23, 2009

The third pitch will take some BD #4's.
By Kurt Prond
From: Bozeman, MT
Jul 6, 2011

Great Route! I stemmed most of the first pitch, especially the seam. Linked the second, which makes sense though the rope gets pretty dang heavy to pull up and clip. 3rd pitch, while maybe not technically harder, was definitely more sustained and will test your stamina. I bumped a BD #4 for about 40 feet. Nice little roof move at the end also.
Quality route.
By Mike McNeil
From: Spearfish, South Dakota
Oct 9, 2011

Dudes from Ft. Collins on 3rd pitch of Tulgey Wood
By Kevin Dahlstrom
From: Fort Worth, TX
Jul 19, 2012

P1 & P2 Felt more like 10b/c to me (maybe because I have sausage fingers). It's all there but the route is sustained and technical. P2 is short but stout.
By jackkelly00
From: new hampshire
Nov 21, 2012

I thought this pitch was a bit technical for 10a. Great climb though
By Jordan Collins 1
Oct 5, 2016

Link the first two pitches. Belay below the 160 foot long fist crack (on bomber bolts) and do the fist crack. It is one of the best pitches here at the tower.

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