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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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Administrators: M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
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

For the The Cemetery area.

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
Chris Lane articulating his point.

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

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