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Mt. Julian Fisher-Fat Bastard 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Cam Burns, Charlie French Sept., 1997
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Submitted By: toddgordon on May 28, 2007

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Description 

This climbs a very small tower which is just barely detatched from the cliffband behind it. The route climbs the left side of this small tower. There are 4 bolts on this climb.


Location 

This route is on the small red cliffband above the road, and below the big cliffs which make up the River Road Canyon. Rap from slings around the summit of this small spire.


Protection 

4 QD's, maybe a sling or two.



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By toddgordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
May 28, 2007

Is this a desert tower (for you tower tickers...)? Well......ummmmm....hmmmmm...errrrrr...ahhhh....you decide. It's pretty small, and just slighly detatched. It aint' The Titan or Moses. Leave it to Cam Burns (At least the area has a Putterman name......). A quick tick close to the road. There are some other strange climbs with big heucos, and fixed tied off slings through the heucos nearby this tower........Climbing here is truly nibbling at the toes of the giants. This area is sort of lame, but sort of cool too;....it's rock climbing, and that's what we do. Check it out for yourself and then YOU decide. They can't all be dick-wrenching mega-classics.

By Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)
Jun 17, 2007

Nice!

By Shawn Gibson
From: San Antonio, Texas
Sep 14, 2007

Well I certainly appreciated the bolts. I heard about this climb when I only had two hours to burn so I ticked it off on rope solo.

Otherwise I would'nt have got to climb at all, so thanks mr. bolter man.

By denise 911
From: fort collins, co
Mar 31, 2008

Fun start in the chimney - got a bit sketched when I had a hold break off before the first bolt (my real intro to desert climbing I guess). Bit of exposure before the first bolt, inviting face climb other than the rock quality leaves something to be desired.

By ElGringo
From: denver
Apr 17, 2008

At times it felt like climbing used kitty litter. Easy pit stop on the way out of town though.

By James Garrett
Apr 23, 2008
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

Pertinent Todd quote/comment! I kind of liked this little diversion as well! It is certainly at the toes of the giants, but my heart was racing a bit (too much?) just getting to the first bolt on this "5.7". It was my partner's first "tower" and we ticked it the same day after ski touring in the La Sals. It became a full action multi-activity day for a quick trip to the Dez. Thanks Cam!

By Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)
Jun 24, 2008

I am absolutely floored (and flawed) this thing was ever repeated. Oh well, my hopes about humanity have been smashed....

By paul bucher
From: moab, utah
May 23, 2010

what a great little route. easy to get to, easy to find. only 3 bolts. ???. don't think i missed one. a little run to the first bolt and a little run after the last. possible to get a .5 camalot in after the last bolt to reduce the run but not mando by any means. no moves harder than 5.6 but the runouts and rock quality defiantly make this 5.7. great first tower or easy day. i liked it. two stars.