This is the first route to the summit of Independence Tower and probably the safest, unless you like the 5.4X line up the south side. This line goes up the north side of this rock formation which is the third from the bottom of Staender Ridge. The rock is solid and the protection is good.
See the main page for directions to Staender Ridge. Follow the climbers path up the east side of the rock formations on the ridge as you would have to climb fifth class rock through a hole under a boulder to get to it from the west. The rock there is loose, dusty, crumbly crap. Just trust me, access this route from the east side of Independence Tower.
The hardest moves are getting off the ground. Climb up a flake (or skinny boulder) in the obvious notch. You'll use your big gear here. Climb up and over to where there is a small shrub. Turn left and go up the blocky groove on the north side of the summit rock. The rock is pretty good here and takes pro well. The summit is small with room for about two. The route is probably around 45-50 feet. Gear to 2 inches. Rappel the route.
Gear to 2 inches.
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