Owl Rock 5.9
Trip ReportArches NP: Four Tiny Towers
Just thinking about climbing towers gets me excited.
Marie wanted to add some more towers to her list before she left for the winter. I knew of some towers that would be easy to tick in a day, so we headed out to Arches National Park.
Random blobs on the way way to our first tower.
Our first tower on the list was Tonka Tower. This chossy little sandcastle was first climbed by Earl Wiggins, Katy Cassidy and company.
As we were hiking up, the wind was howling. I realized that I was underdressed with just a storm cotton hoody to keep me warm. I really wanted to bail and go watch football. I knew that was an option that Marie would be opposed to so I didn't say anything.
Marie was psyched to do all the driving so who was I to disappoint her by taking the sharp end. The first pitch is an easy chimney. The second pitch is a steep slab with friable holds protected by drilled warthogs. The last few moves are pretty exciting.
After that we headed over to Owl Rock.
This is an Arches Classic. It takes good pro and is really clean.
Two summits down and no beers. I was feeling out of sorts but I knew that we must press on.
Bullwinkle was our next objective.
I had done this years ago and remembered it being kind of stupid. My memory was right. Really no gear to be had up a 5.6 chimney. Marie just dragged a rope up it and we got summit 3 tagged.
Nice view from the summit.
The storm was rolling in but we had one more summit to do, so we hustled over to Off-Balance Rock. 5.6 crack climbing to an 80' unprotected chimney. Fun!
Heading back to the car just before the storm.
We got our fourth summit done just in time and it felt good. Later that evening a friend of mine posted up on Spacebook that he and his partner just did 10 tiny towers that day. I think they got an earlier start.
We got in 11 towers together this fall and had a blast doing it. Marie's now gone and my beer belly is back. Oh, the cycle of life.
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