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Raven's Delight 

Raven's Delight 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a

Type: Trad, 2 pitches, 140', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Bego Gerhart, Jeff Widen, Tony Valdes, Don Burke 28 Nov. 1986
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Submitted By: Ben Folsom on Feb 17, 2006
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The route follows a crack/corner system on the east side of the tower.
Pitch 1- Climb the corner via stemming and jamming (hands) then make a tricky traverse left on poor rock to a belay below the second pitch corner. 5.9
Pitch 2- Climb a short right facing corner (tricky) to the summit. 5.9+

Descent- Scramble down to anchors at the top of the north face and make one double rope rappel to the ground.


Two sets of cams and some TCU's, maybe stoppers.

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The late Erica Kutcher stashing the "Trash Raft" on our approach to Barney Rumble Tower.
The late Erica Kutcher stashing the "Trash Raft" o...
The East face of Barney Rumble Tower.  Ravens Delight climbs the obvious corner/weakness.
The East face of Barney Rumble Tower. Ravens Deli...
The late Erica Kutcher arriving at the top of the first pitch.
The late Erica Kutcher arriving at the top of the ...
Arriving at the summit of Barney Rumble Tower.  Photo by Erica Kutcher
Arriving at the summit of Barney Rumble Tower. Ph...
The "road" to Barney Rubble. Capt. Dana Adler at the helm. <br />Photo by Todd Gordon.
The "road" to Barney Rubble. Capt. Dana Adler at t...
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By toddgordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
Apr 30, 2007

Even though this tower is approached from the River Road, I believe it is located in Arches Nat. Park. Novel approach with the boat;....we had quit a group.... 4 climbers and 2 "touristas..".....so we had a big raft. The climbing was fairly good too;....surprisingly good;....admit it;...many of these towers are just crumbling piles of choss;.......this one actually had some good climbing on sections of good rock!....Our team was Dave Evans, Margy Floyd, Dana Adler, and Derrick Reinig in March of 1996. After the climb, we floated all the way down to our campsite near Negro Bill Canyon. Big fun! It's tough to get all excited about a climb with the word "rubble" in the climb's name.......but this climb is worthy....

By jason malczyk
From: General Delivery
Sep 15, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

To approach with the least hassle and poison ivy start from the pull off just up river from the tower. Float across the river and pull off under a dry waterfall. From there walk and crawl down river up against the cliff wall until you reach a large boulder fall that allows you to gain some elevation. Walk to the top right of the boulders as going up and rope up or not for one move of 5.7. There were two pieces of webbing, one with a rap rig located above the boulder field for your descent. The webbing could use some replacing for any who want to do a good deed. We were able to paddle a ducky up river and then across back to our car. Great small tower!!

By Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)
Jul 30, 2009

FYI. This tower was named for Widen's farting on the FA....

By Tristan Higbee
From: Thailand
Jun 12, 2012

Link to a great TR on Supertopo.

By Scot Eden
Apr 29, 2013

Bring at least 3 #1 C4s. 1st pitch anchor has one bolt next to crack that will take a .75 in the right spot or #1. One 70 m rope rap from summit.