North Face, Concord Tower II 5.7
Avg time to climb route: 1-3 hours
Approach time: 1.5-3 hours
Descent time: 1.5-3 hours
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 300'
OverviewThe North Face on Concord Tower is a semi-popular alternative if the Becky route is too crowded. The North Face is easily combined with another route on Liberty Bell, providing two climbs and two summits for one approach. The North Face is the easiest route on the north side of Concord Tower. It is slightly easier than the Tunnel Route and slightly harder than the Becky Route. Like other routes on the north face of Concord Tower, the rock has a distinctly different feel from the granite on a lot of the surrounding peaks. Itís much darker, sharper and more featured than the rock on the south, east and west faces of the Liberty Bell group.
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Route HistoryThe First Ascent was on June 12, 1956 by Fred Becky and John Parrott. Not much is known about the ascent.
StrategyCrowds are unlikely, although one party seems to attract others. The North Face is a fun route in its own right, and a good link-up with some of the other routes in the area. The route does have some tricky route finding and some committing sections, and while it isnít run out, you canít pull through all the cruxes on gear. As a result, the North Face route is best attempted only by confident 5.7 leaders.
After the short and straight-forward Pitch 1, the crux Pitch 2 is in your face the whole time. Pitch 2 starts slightly burly with steep jamming and stemming until you are forced to traverse slightly up and left where it f... [full history for SuperTopo members only!]
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