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The Reach Around- Tommy Knocker to Tom-Tom Variation 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b PG13

   
Type:  Trad, 6 pitches, Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Ben Keissel, Bill Grasse & Ian Allison, April 2012
New Route: Yes
Season: Spring/ Fall
Page Views: 360
Submitted By: IanA on Apr 23, 2012

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Tom-Tom summit.

Description 

Climb up Tommy Knocker via the South Face route rappel back to the saddle and the base of the bolt ladder (pitch 3).

1st Pitch of variation: 30ft Climb the wide crack off the saddle to a higher ledge. Build a belay here. 5.10

2nd Pitch of variation: 35m Traverse on ledge on the north side of tower via 4th class terrain,very loose (some small gear is possible) into the large chimney and the base of the last pitch of Tom-Tom.

Finish by climbing the last pitch of Tom-Tom.

Descent: same as for Tom-Tom.

Protection 

Same rack as for Tommy Knocker with a few extra wide peices. (2-3)#3 and an extra #4 Camalot.


Photos of The Reach Around- Tommy Knocker to Tom-Tom Variation Slideshow Add Photo
The sneak traverse.
The sneak traverse.
The pitch off the saddle between Tom-Tom and Tommy Knocker.
The pitch off the saddle between Tom-Tom and Tommy...
Bill struggling on the final chimney section.
Bill struggling on the final chimney section.
Green- Tommy Knocker. <br />Blue- Reach Around (dashed lines indicates other side of tower) <br />Red- Last pitch of Tom-Tom (dashed lines indicates other side of tower)
BETA PHOTO: Green- Tommy Knocker.
Blue- Reach Around (dashed l...

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By Ben Kiessel
Apr 24, 2012

-When you join the original route you come into the middle of pitch 4. 5.6 up the chimney, then 3rd to the summit.

-This route is the safest option to the top of Tom-Tom. After leading the first pitch of rubble on the original route to retrieve our stuck ropes I would suggest it to no one.

-Also note that you will rappel down the opposite side of the tower and thus some shoes might be nice.
By Jeremy Aslaksen
From: Albuquerque, NM
Jun 11, 2012

Fun route guys. Good job on the traverse...pretty fun.

Jeremy