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Jacks' Tower- Pair of Jacks 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Glime- solo, 10/28/07
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: John J. Glime on Oct 29, 2007

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Jacks' Tower looking at it from the North.

Description 

This route climbs the north face up a series of meandering cracks which lead to a diagonal seam protected by three bolts, then on to the summit.

This is a very fun desert tower climb up good rock in a very non-threatening atmosphere. The 'table-top' is a very nice place to be.

Location 

If you are able to see Turkey Tower, and follow the road that leads to its base, Jacks' is due north. There are a few roads that lead to it. It is also in the valley that Eagle Canyon South Road dumps into. But driving the Eagle Canyon south road in a truck is NOT recommended. This tower is located south of Swaseyland and north of Turkey Tower.

Protection 

One set of cams from a Red Alien to a Yellow Camalot. Above the bolts there are two great middle to big nut placements (not really needed by that point.)


Photos of Jacks' Tower- Pair of Jacks Slideshow Add Photo
My 'close up' photo.  Follow the cracks and ledges...
My 'close up' photo. Follow the cracks and ledges...
The view (from the south, looking north) up the va...
The view (from the south, looking north) up the va...

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By Andrew Gram
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From: Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 17, 2008
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Very nice route in a beautiful setting. It is really 5.8 C0. The bolt protected section is pretty hard but easy to french free - maybe 5.10? Its an impressive looking tower to go free so easily - nice find John.

It is a little tricky to find. From the south, drive past Turkey Tower for a few miles(you can't see the tower from the road near Turkey Tower). After you descend into a low tree filled wash, keep your eyes peeled for a road heading sharply left from the main road. Keep straight at all junctions passing the sign for Eagle Canyon. Shortly after that sign you'll see this tower on the right side of the road. High clearance and 4WD are recommended.
By GabeO
From: Denver, CO
Nov 17, 2008

5.8 A0. In order to do it all free, I think it would be harder than 5.10
By John J. Glime
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 17, 2008

Thanks Andrew.

Two comments about this route.

On the FA, I was up on the face in the area of the bolts when a few cowboys rode past on their horses. They meandered below me (basically right below me), I stopped all movement and they had no idea I was there. I watched them continue on their way, and then I continued my way.

Second, both of my grandfathers' names were Jack, and they are both gone from the Earth. For whatever reason, on that day, alone in the desert (well except for the cowboys!) my grandfathers were on my mind. They are both instrumental in who I am, and I miss them both terribly. This climb was a minor tribute to their memory.