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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

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Fallen Hero 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Otis Flower Tower
This route is on the Otis Flower Tower.Start up a draw on the left side of the south face and traverse out right on ledges to gain the starting dihedral. 4 pitches pretty much straight up, following broken dihedrals, with face mixed in.This turned out to be a nice find, and I gave it 3stars for that formation.... We did this route in the summer of '09 after Jonny & Micah passed, and named it for them, fallen hero.It is a bit runout on the face sections, the rock quality is good, and the dihedral...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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