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Workingman's Blues 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Bob D & Ron Olsen, 9/7/07
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Sep 8, 2007

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  • Description 

    A somewhat adventurous route to the top of Tonnere Tower.

    Start 10 feet right of Join the Party, at the same spot as for The Twilight Kid.

    Pitch One: Climb up to a high first bolt (5.9) then move right into shallow corners. Veer right and gain a small point of rocks above a dead pine. Go right across the ramp to a two-bolt anchor.

    Pitch Two. Climb up a small, thin flake, clip the bolt and make a hard move (5.10) to gain a ledge. Continue straight up and then left to a good ledge, two dead pines and a two-bolt belay.

    Pitch Three: 5.10, 160 feet. Climb up short corners and reach a perfect hand and fist crack. Climb the crack till it ends and then step right into a shallow corner with tricky gear, make a hard move to another shallow corner then straight up doing chimmey-type moves. The angle eases and climb up to a pine tree and belay. Be careful of loose rock.

    Pitch Four. 5.6, 60 feet. Climb cracks straight above the pine and reach the top of Tonnere Tower and belay.

    Walk off the backside of the tower and down to the east.

    Fun adventure route with beautiful views.


    Take the Treasure Wall approach. Hike right up the hill about 50' to the highest ledge by a big pine tree. Start on the face by the tree, with a high first bolt. This is the same start as for The Twilight Kid.

    Eds. the beta photos have been deleted by their submitter.


    Gear up to a #3 Camalot.

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    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Jun 30, 2009
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13

    Not a great climb, and the best climbing on it is already covered by Fields of Gold. There are a few interesting sections of 5.7-5.9 climbing stitched together by long sections of loose rock on scrambling. Felt like an "alpine" 5.8+. Blah....

    It is hard to give it a bomb, but it's also hard to give it a star. The second pitch was the deciding factor for my partner and I. Not much can save that experience.

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