Kor-Ingalls, Castleton Tower 5.9

 
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Desert Towers, Utah, USA

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Mike

Intermediate climber
Sep 24, 2002 - 02:28pm
 
We did the Kor-Ingalls on 9/13 and had great weather & temps. A huge low pressure system had passed through Utah the previous week (f-ing up our Utah climbing roadtrip)and finally the weather broke with great temps and blue overhead. Looks like cooler fall weather may be here. Much thanks goes out the group who built/maintains the approach trail to the base of the tower.
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andy@climbingmoab

Advanced climber
Sep 26, 2002 - 04:57pm
 
this route is ok, but the north chimney on castleton and honeymoon chimney on the priest are both much better at a similar level of difficulty. the third pitch offwidth isn't to bad - the second pitch felt much harder to me. had perfect weather on this route in january, with no one else around.
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10b4me

Trad climber
Mar 13, 2003 - 12:19pm
 
I climbed this route in '96. Somewhat disappointed as I was told it would be better. the last pitch was really fun because of the exposure. Next time I'll try the North Chimney.
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Rhodo-Router

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sawatch choss
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   Mar 14, 2003 - 12:01pm
A direct start via 'Stardust Cowboy' offers a good bit more difficulty (.11 tight hands/green jrs) while skipping the giant 5.5 staircase. There's other options as well (Black Sun, Arrowhead) along the same wall, but all roads lead to the big O.Dub. Classic in an old-school kind of way, like the Steck-Salathe.
Some folks I saw made the mistake of hauling on this route (to sleep on the summit)- if you're gonna do that, you'd be way better off on the North Face cracks. I bet they slept pretty well, eventually.
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Matt

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sawatch choss
May 5, 2003 - 06:19pm
 
I agree w/ Mike- a big thanks for all the trail work for those who deserve it.

The 2nd pitch seemed akward and should not be taken for granted at 5.8.

I want to talk to anyone who led the 3rd pitch off-width w/out laying it back- that would have been a spicy FA! (Most of the gear we brought along that day was pointless)


I have climbed better climbs, but none in better locations, and the big ledges were a plus as we were a 3-some.


Side note- several of us who climbed CT that day agreed to send in $100 bucks to the effort to maintain access there (along w/ our summit shot!), why not do the same when you climb the tower?


4 stars
(2 for the climb, plus 1 for the location and 1 for the history)
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criscokid

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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   Sep 2, 2007 - 08:33pm
I did this with a good group of friends last spring. I dislocated my knee on the first pitch, which I'm sure made the offwidths a bit harder. I agree that this route isn't nearly as good as advertised. The only thing that makes it great is the tower itself and the ledges. I've been told that the N. Chim. is WAY better. We also seemed to bring all the wrong gear.
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Castleton Tower - Kor-Ingalls 5.9 - Desert Towers, Utah, USA. Click to Enlarge
A view from the approach.
Photo: Dougald MacDonald
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