Cloud Tower, 5.11d
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7th Pitch- 110’- 5.11c/ Wow, what a pitch and definitely the crown jewel of this route and possibly in all of Red Rocks. Follow the hand crack to the top of the pitch. At first, easy 1-2” crack climbing gets you 20’ above the belay. Then full on jamming with little for feet is required to get up and over the first wave of sandstone. We took several 1”, three 2”, two 2.75”, one each 3” and 4”. That makes for a pretty good rack for this last pitch. Many won’t have the energy to punch in a lot of gear towards the end. The last 10’ involves the crux and most required power climbing all day, converting from a quick lay backing section to a full on jam mantle up and over a bulging wave of sandstone to the anchor. Good stuff to be sure!
Cloud Tower, 5.11d, 7 Pitches, Cloud Tower, Juniper Canyon, Red Rocks, NV, May, 2010.