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West (Center) Face Rock Climbing 

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This area of the tower gets sun in early afternoon at summer time, and gets it early afternoon in the winter. A 70m rope is useful for most of these routes, though not necessary. If not used, the midway anchors must be used to descend the routes.

Routes continue from Goliath and continue left around the tower.

Getting There 

Find the tower (duh!) and look for Goliath (the huge nose), and the routes to the wall to the left is the west face.

Climbing Season

For the The Enchanted Tower area.

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in West (Center) Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West (Center) Face:
Zee Wicked Witch   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
The Hunting of the Snark   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 110'   
Ripped Van Winkle   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Mad Hatter   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
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Featured Route For West (Center) Face
Rock Climbing Photo: DTP sending his last remaining route on the Tower:...

Ripped Van Winkle 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  New Mexico : Enchanted Tower : ... : West (Center) Face
This fine line spawned the now classic, and much more popular Goliath. This was the original line up the Towers prominent prow, turning left around the arete at the midway anchors, and continuing to the top along the golden NW face just left of the hanging arete (the upper half of ZWW).Now largely ignored, this route makes a great victory lap for those who have sent Goliath, but its also a great route in its own right, and would make an excellent stepping stone for those intent on ticking his m...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By Daniel Trugman
From: La Jolla, CA
Sep 21, 2012
There are three sets of chains on the West Face (to the right of the ones for Full Rubber Mission). I presume the ones on the right are for Zee Wicked and Ripped Van Winkle and the next ones to the left are for Mad Hatter. I don't know anything about the furthest left anchors. Can anyone clarify which starts/finishes correspond to which routes?
By LeeAB Brinckerhoff
From: ABQ, NM
Sep 22, 2012
The anchor in question has been there for a long time. I believe it was put in by Chris Grijavla. The line to it was not bolted at the time. This spring I headed up and started working on that line. With the intention of starting on the Hatter and heading straight up as opposed to moving right to the Jack Daniels pit stop, hopefully yielding a more continuous line. It however still needs a fair bit of cleaning through about 15 feet and this is over the trail so cleaning needs to be done when there is nobody around.
By Daniel Trugman
From: La Jolla, CA
Sep 22, 2012
Thanks for clarifying, Lee! I hope the new line works out. Looks cool.

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