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Rock Point Spire, N. Face 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a A3

   
Type:  Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 200', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a A3 [details]
FA: Todd Gordon, Henry Thompson, Lori Graf , Nov, 1983
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Submitted By: toddgordon on May 11, 2007

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Rock Point Spire. Photo; Todd Gordon.
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Description 

This is a cool spire that is easily seen from the road between the towns of Rock Point, and Round Rock, Arizona. The spire is located sort of in a sandy wash;...and it has a small , pointy summit. Pitch 1; climb up on aid, traverse a bit right, more aid, then crawl a bit right , then more free and aid up to the top of a small pillar and a stance on the left. There are some fixed pins to rap off of here on the way down. Pitch 2 ; climb up more and belay on the left (again). Pitch 3; This is the headwall pitch...climb up a straight-in crack ( 1 1/2 " to 2"), aid and free, then traverse a ways to the right to the shoulder of the formation. Pitch 4. Climb up to one bolt (funky homemade hanger) and do a face move past it, and climb to the tiny summit. Rap from slings around summit.


Location 

You can see this spire easily from the road. It is setting un front of the cliff-band, sort of in a sandy wash, and it has a very pointy summit;..like the steeple on a church. 2 raps from the summit will get you down; one from slings wrapped around the tiny summit, and one rap from fixed pins on top of Pitch one.


Protection 

2 or 3 sets of cams. some pins, slings.



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Rock Point Spire , Ariz. (Pitch One) Photo; Todd Gordon
Rock Point Spire , Ariz. (Pitch One) Photo@SEMICOL...
North Face of Rock Point Spire. The route climbs the thin splitter on the summit block and traverses to the right shoulder. The variation climbs the left-facing corner (left of the splitter, catching shade) to the shoulder followed by cracks on the left skyline to the summit.
North Face of Rock Point Spire. The route climbs t...
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By toddgordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
May 11, 2007

This spire has a cool summit and is easy to get to, and is in a really cool location;...this whole area is really isolated and beautiful;...isolated from the world, but still very close to a paved road. I remember taking off my shoes to hike across a wet sandy wash to get to this spire. I started this climb with my Navajo buddy Henry Thompson, and did pitch one with him, rapped off of some fixed pins , and then came back a year later with Lori Graf and re-lead pitch one, and finished the climb with her; The summit is really tiny and cool, and even though it's only about 200' up, it seems very cool and airy. At the time, I didn't have much bolting gear;...I used an old star drive alum. bolt in a piece of electricians metal tape folded over for a bolt hanger....(It worked....)...Ace hardware stuff bolts........a sign of the times.....This is a really quiet corner of the Res;....there are few if any houses around here......no Starbucks or Walmarts too close by.....a rarely trodden place, and yet just off the main N/S highway there. It's really beautiful and peaceful here.

By Brad Bond
Apr 12, 2008

Climbed this tower a few weeks ago at 5.9 C1. We did it in two pitches, but unintentionally (didn't read this first) added a variation. Instead of climbing the splitter on the summit block, I stepped left and climbed a left-facing corner to the left shoulder, then climbed cracks past a VERY loose block and 5.9 mantle to the summit(see photo). This variation isn't recommended, but I can't say I'd recommend the tower for it's quality of climbing alone(cool tower and setting, bad rock).

I know some guys from Colorado who climbed this tower in the late '90s and did it clean as well. Somebody else added new bolt(why???) to where Todd describes the end of the first pitch. A modern rack would include three sets of cams with one each larger than a #4 Camalot. The rap from the summit is exactly 200' to the ground, and will need about a 10-15' piece of rope or webbing to wrap around the tiny summit.

If anyone wants to conquer some serious choss, this tower will probably go free, but the climbing is pretty heinous,loose and dirty.