Leaning Tower - Memorial Day weekend with Nathan and Zack

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yellow mzungu

Trad climber
berkeley, ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 5, 2014 - 02:17pm PT
My climbing buddy and I were surprised to find Leaning Tower relatively empty on Memorial Day weekend.

We ran into 2 soloists - Nathan who would climb it in a day, and Zack who climbed it big-wall style. Here's a few pics of them. Guys, PM me for the rest of your photos!

Nathan swinging out on the 1st pitch of the West Face of Leaning Tower...
Nathan swinging out on the 1st pitch of the West Face of Leaning Tower. He had fixed to 2 and is about to jug his lines.
Credit: yellow mzungu

Nathan jugging
Nathan jugging
Credit: yellow mzungu

zack returning to release his haul bag.
zack returning to release his haul bag.
Credit: yellow mzungu

zack preparing to jug his lines.
zack preparing to jug his lines.
Credit: yellow mzungu

climb on!
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Jun 5, 2014 - 04:07pm PT
what a coincidence.

i had a dog, his name was jim.
macleodnc

Trad climber
ca
Jun 5, 2014 - 05:01pm PT
Haha I was the soloist in front of Nathan, Soloists ran train on the Tower that weekend.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jun 6, 2014 - 12:20pm PT
cutting loose off the class 4 ledge is a trip

bump
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jun 6, 2014 - 12:47pm PT
The photos and comments show how this route has changed over my climbing lifetime. It was still a somewhat rare undertaking when I started in the late 1960's. Getting around the Evil Tree was legendary. Now, soloists casually run up it.

Thanks for sharing the pics.

John
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jun 6, 2014 - 03:27pm PT
Ya mon, cool pics. I did a winter solo in 1980, took 3-1/2 days.

Don't remember it being that steep!
And I don't remember it being casual, either.

If I remember correctly, coming out of your aiders and free-climbing to Ahwahnee Ledge was the scariest part.

Or maybe the scariest part was carrying gear across the 4th class ledges to the base of the route...
ZachW

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Jun 22, 2014 - 11:17am PT
Rad! It was such a blast to share the wall with y'all!

Photo uploader doesn't seem to be working now, but I have some great shots of you two. Remind me your names?
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