Feeding the Rat
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This is the bush that is being used as a rap ancho...
Feeding the Rat is located on the southwest prow of the tower. It is on the edge you seen from the parking lot.
Pitch 0- Scramble up to a large ledge on the shoulder of the tower.
Pitch 1- Climb a pillar-like (very soft) formation 20 feet to an obvious horizontal crack. Traverse out crack left to an uncomfortable natural belay below small crack. 5.7 C1+ 40 feet
Pitch 2- Aid up tiny blue and black alien crack straight off belay. Follow this crack for 30 feet to pins and bolts. Follow bolts and studs with occasional placement to bolted belay on a decent ledge. C2 100 feet
Pitch 3- Aid up more bolts and free climb up staircases to the summit. Belay of a bush. 5.5 C1 60 feet
Descent- Pray, if you think it'll help. Rappel from small bush off the east side of the tower. Seriously, this bush is scary. We backed up the one half others had used to the other small half. A single bolt would inspire much more confidence. You will need double 60s as these just get you to the ground. Also, pulling the ropes was really hard so get the note well over the edge.
Continue on the road, which turns to cattle trails, from the parking lot. Feeding the Rat is on the edge of the tower facing the parking lot.
Triples in black and blue aliens. Doubles from yellow alien to #2 camalot. 1 Set stoppers. At least 4 butterfly hangers were nice to have. Additional 6+ free biners or draws for lots of pins/bolts.
Brad getting ready for the pillar and horizontal f...
Brad working the horizontal crack, very akward, to...
Ross and Gardener starting pitch 2 on the first at...
Big smiles before the tiny, soft seam!
Matt on the thin start to pitch two.
On the way down the long east face. Please hold li...
BETA PHOTO: Tranquility Tower from the approach.
Matt following the traverse on pitch one.
Ross and Gardner starting the first ascent of the ...
By Jeff Widen
Jan 17, 2012
Ben K and I did this route this weekend - we added a 1/2" x 3" strike bolt to the rap anchor, so future parties can have a bit more peace of mind! Fun route.