the Black Tower
This is the formation directly to the east of the Pillar of Hope and stands out from the other formations with its large patches of black patina. There is a smaller rock in front, connected to the Black Tower by means of a natural bridge (see the Umbilical Cord
). In addition to the aforementioned climb, the tower is home to several other nice sport routes. Like most of the formations in the Cemetery, there are good edges on the climbs but many of the flakes are hollow. On the south side of this formation there is a lesser block with a couple moderate TR problems.
Approach as for the Cemetery. Head left into the heart of the formations. The Black Tower is at the center of the main area, east of the Pillars of Hope and Despair, and south of the Evil Pillar.
Weather station 5.2 miles from here
5 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Browse More Classics in The Black Tower
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Black Tower:
Exhumed 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Evil Twin 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Featured Route For The Black Tower
What’s the Point 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CA
: High Desert
: ... : The Black Tower
I think the point is that this is a fun moderate and certainly not your typical 5.8 sport route. Most lines of this grade (from my experience) are obvious and not sequential. What’s the Point will challenge the moderate lead climber with a series of delicate moves, requiring some thought to accomplish. Start in the center of the south face and move up along the bolt line, finishing just up and right of the anchor for Crown of Thorns. Rappel to descend....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
BETA PHOTO: location overview
Me beside the Black Tower (left)