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There is a multitude of adventure climbing around Exit 49, south of I-70. There are several sandstone buttresses and towers that vary in height from 25 feet to well over 100 feet within 20 minutes hike of CO Highway 65 and I-70.
Heading east from Grand Junction on I-70, take exit 49 towards Powderhorn Ski area. When the 1-way southbound exit joins northbound Highway 65, make a U-turn and drive back toward I-70. There is a parking area near the I-70 east entrance on the west (left) side of the road, across from an obvious detached tower.
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Birthday Tower 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Exit 49
Climb good hands in solid rock for ~10 feet into some very rotten rock. The rotten section is ~12 feet thick, with a strangely solid and safe hand/finger crack in the center of it, that protects well. Pull over a small roof (crux) and make easy moves to the top on solid sandstone. It gets one star for the adventure, not the rock quality....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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