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Submitted By: mikebannister on Jul 25, 2006
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Description 

The Otis Flower Tower is one of the taller and more continuous formations on the south side of Mt Otis. The rock can best be described as untraveled and adventurous. The climbing tends to be ledgy with chossier lower angle climbing down low and steeper, more sustained, cleaner climbing on the top half. Very definite alpine adventure feel. MUCH more chill and less crowded than the rest of the Park.

Access Issues: it's in a National Park. All normal BS applies.

Getting There 

Leave the Glacier Gorge/Loch Vale trailhead. At the split, head towards Loch Vale. After crossing Andrews Creek turn right (sign), and follow the trail. The various formations on Otis should be obvious as you break the trees. The Otis Flower Tower is the 2nd formation left of the Solar Wall or the 3rd formation left of Zowie (the cool, slender, Petite Grepon looking thing). There are a variety of bivy sites hidden in the gorge. Look around.

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Weather station 8.3 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Good luck. Dots are approximately where we belayed...

Heat Wave 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Otis Flower Tower
An interesting route. At the beginning the routes kinda chossy and slightly forced (it's 5.11 here, but 5.8 6 feet to the right...), but the quality improves greatly with height and the line becomes more natural. We got kinda lost in the middle (actually gave up on the route at one point and just climbed what looked cool) so my beta is a bit questionable. P1: Start on the left side of the tower in the shade under the obvious roof. Climb a variety of face, crack and dihedral up to the center roof...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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