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Tom Thumbs Tallywag 

C1+ X

   
Type:  Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus: C1+ [details]
FA: Paul Ross. March 18/2001. (second did not follow)
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: USBRIT on Jan 1, 2008

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P. Ross on summit of Tom's Tallywag. It was at thi...

Description 

If you want a thrill, this is it. This is the smallest tower anywhere. One follows nail heads for about 65' up the edge of a steep ridge to the base of the 15' "skinny" tower. A couple of aid moves to reach the summit block (3'X 18"). On the first ascent as Ross stood up on the summit, the whole spire started to sway from its base.... A very quick but careful descent then took place!! Hurry if you want a second ascent. It is advisable not to clip ones rope into any of the nails/piton on the actual tower section as it may cut loose with you on it.


Location 

See the Mt. Garfield photo. This is located across the canyon from The Fortress and below the other small spire, Bug Eyed Monster.


Protection 

Tie offs, parachute.



Photos of Tom Thumbs Tallywag Slideshow Add Photo
FA viewed from the north.
FA viewed from the north.
Noah on the 2nd ascent. Bug-Eyed Monster above.
Noah on the 2nd ascent. Bug-Eyed Monster above.
The weird tower up to the left is Bug Eyed Monster Tower, another fun adventure.
The weird tower up to the left is Bug Eyed Monster...
A) Bug Eyed Monster. B) Tom Thumbs Tallywag. C) The 90' Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
BETA PHOTO: A) Bug Eyed Monster. B) Tom Thumbs Tallywag. C) Th...
Ross "nailing" the Ridge to the base of the mini spire.
Ross "nailing" the Ridge to the base of the mini s...
A)Tom Thumb's Tallywag. B)Bug-Eyed Monster. C) Mad Dogs and Englishmen. D) Descent to start.
BETA PHOTO: A)Tom Thumb's Tallywag. B)Bug-Eyed Monster. C) Mad...
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By Ben Kiessel
Apr 16, 2008

Damn!

By Sean Wolf
From: Denver, CO
Jun 12, 2009

This is hilarious. 'X' rated because there is serious potential for the entire thing you are climbing to topple with you on it. w00t!

By Noah8000
From: Vail, CO
Sep 24, 2012
rating: C1+ X

Hey Paul, for those psychotic ones that like this sort of stuff, better do it soon. Went and got the second ascent here a couple days ago. Summit has eroded more. It's about 18" by 18" now. I had to persuade my partner to belay me. I think I'm the psychotic one here. A friggin' thrill! Scary.... My partner said he saw it sway. This thing REALLY won't be here too much longer with the amount of erosion that's already occured in the last couple years and not a pretty scene if it topples over with you on it.... Bring a parachute.

By USBRIT
From: Cumbria.UK
Nov 3, 2012

Well done, Noah8000. Never thought anyone would be daft enough to do a second ascent.... Amazed.