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The Black Tower  


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Elevation: 3,200'
Location: 34.4813, -117.1292 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Dec 7, 2007
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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.2 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Black Tower:
Umbilical Cord   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
What’s the Point   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Crown of Thorns   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
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'   
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Featured Route For The Black Tower
on the Umbilical Cord  photo by Mike Williams

Umbilical Cord 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : High Desert : ... : The Black Tower
Start on the west face of the small block directly in front of the Black Tower. There is a nice crack here that will take a small cam at about the height of the first bolt (for the purist in you). After surmounting the block, walk across the bridge and clip the second bolt. The bridge is what distinguishes this climb, especially considering that it looks as if it would collapse the moment you step onto it! Continue up rather steep face climbing through a spicy but well-protected crux. Finis...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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