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Ron's Tower - Standard Route 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a C1

   
Type:  Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 160'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a C1 [details]
FA: Steve Anderton, Mike Colacino, Bill Duncan
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Bill Duncan on Sep 25, 2009

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Description 

FA on Thanksgiving Day, 1996. Climb up to the top of the bedding seam and a nice ledge. 5.8 Continue up the crack (5.9) until it turns into a thin hands/finger crack (5.9) and becomes vertical. Continue up to the chimney and the summit. This will likely go free at 5.11 or a more difficult rating. I think the FA party might have had a wee hangover.

Avoid the loose rocks immediately to the right of the base of this route. The middle tower looks inviting, but a thorough recon did not yield any routes sans a bolt ladder.


Location 

Ron's Tower is the westernmost or right-hand tower. The FA route ascends the crack on the south side (back side) of the tower.


Protection 

The standard stuff.



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By Colter
Nov 30, 2012
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C1

REAAAAAAAL soft down low then great! I thought it was 5.10 climbing the whole way but I had been eating a few boomers.... so who knows. I did pull on one small piece of gear near the top when I was exhausted and having trouble getting feet on a sandy ramp, other than that I say it goes free and clean at .10+

Rapped off the other side with one 60m rope! 2 rapps. anchor 1/4 way down. that was a relief cuz we weren't sure.