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Loosen Up 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Ben Kiessel and Bill Grasse
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ben Kiessel on Mar 8, 2013

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Looking back at the tower across the land bridge. ...


Climb up the wide hands to fists crack to enter a big pod.
Rest and compose yourself for the 5.11 OW exit.

Two bolt anchor
(We opted to put in our own anchor since Jeremy made it sound like his line was not very rappel friendly. At least without a stick clip or a fixed line.)


This route climbs the analog crack of 'Tighten it Up'.

This route is accessed by hiking across the land bridge to the NNW of the tower. Once across the land bridge and at the base of the tower carefully scramble around the Eastern side of the tower. There is some big exposure but it's only 4th class. That being said a rope might make you feel better. There is a big ledge on the NNE side of the tower and two cracks splitting the tower. 'Loosen Up' is on the left.


Single #.5-1 Camalot
Double #2 Camalot
Triple #3 and #4 Camalot
Single #5 Camalot

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Bill at the crux.
Bill at the crux.
The land bridge is to the left of the tower in thi...
The land bridge is to the left of the tower in thi...

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By Ben Kiessel
Mar 8, 2013

We had just climbed Hidden and McYetta's Loaf and I was talking to Jeff Widen on the phone about the plan for the next day. I mentioned this tower and he said that Jeremy already got the FA of the tower. Sure enough. Jeremy snaked it out from under our noses.

It sat there ignored for years and then got two routes put up on it within 2 weeks.