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Left Tower (AKA: The Cleaver Block)
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Jack In The Box T 

Jack In The Box 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Gary Lee Hicks & Florian Walchak, Winter of mid-1970s
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring
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Submitted By: Bill Lawry on Jan 7, 2012

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BETA PHOTO: Jack In The Box follows the obvious candy-cane cra...


I am unsure of the rating on this one.

There's the vertical crack climb with good pro which climbs like the nice easy music and suspenseful clicky sound from the winding lever ... solid steady thoughtful work. Be aware there is a semi-detached chunk of rock in this section, about the volume of a soccer ball.

The first ascent party, Gary Lee Hicks and Florian Walchak, then followed the crack left along a short traverse to finish up the wide vertical crack.

Alternatively, after the vertical portion, we exited right as the crack turns left. That way, listen for the loud 'n scare-y "boing" while facing an alarming lack of crimpers / knobs, increasing pendulum risk depending on how you try to top out, and no more pro.

Descend via modern rap bolts.


Set a belay on the small table-top ledge at the SE corner of the tower.


Half inch to two inch wired stoppers and cams. No need to carry big stuff on lead. At the same time ...

A three or four inch cam is useful for the belay with something in a one or two inch crack at your feet. Up the starting wide crack, we initially put a four inch cam down low but soon found the horn a ways up could be lasso'd with a long runner.

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By Gary Lee Hicks
Jul 10, 2015

Hey Naldo :o) I recently came across Mtn Project and haven't yet made a full scan of all the routes but am trying to correct/update/ add to everything I can remember and also give credit to people who were with me on various ascents of routes we did not submit to Mike Hill for his guide book.
This "Left Tower" as it is called here was 1st done by Florian Walchak and myself sometime in winter in the mid 1970-s. We followed the crack left where the photo shows a red line going right. We finished up the wide vertical crack after a short traverse from the red line marking Jack in the Box going right.
It's quite probable that we placed quarter inch bolts to rap off. As I remember none of us started using 3/8 inch bolts until the 1980-s.
Florian dropped one of his BLUE Dachstein mittens into a crack along the south side of this formation and if only we had had a fishing pole and a hook we might have retrieved it ! I wonder if anyone has ever found it or has seen it inside the 4 or 5 inch crack it has been residing in for the past 40 yr-s !!! LOL
I would be curious to know what you mean by "modern rap anchors". Thanks Buddy
By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Jul 10, 2015

Thank you, Gary. I've updated the FA-ist part and the description.

By "modern rap bolts" I mean something other than what I was afraid we'd find up there such as a corroded version of the quarter-inch kind you mentioned - no offense intended - or find nothing.

The current bolts / hangers are fat and shine-y.

I'm hesitant to ask about the name "Naldo" - hopefully it's that Brazilian, versatile, two-footed, good-looking central defender. ;-)
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