North summit, north face Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2009
Climbed the northeast face to the north summit (III, 5.7) in an apparent 1st ascent of this route. We found a pilot's rescue beacon, in the remains of its pouch, on a ledge about 2/3’s the way up. We also tagged the middle and south (highest) summits.
Two of our group climbed the north face (III, 5.7+) two days earlier and found no evidence of a prior visit to this summit. They left behind rappel anchors.
The Watchtower formation has two distinctive peaks. The southern one is slightly higher and simpler to climb. Enjoyable rock hopping from Tower Pass with just a touch of class-3 due to short exposure in the final few steps.
After the brutally long approach to Tower Lake and the climb of Tower Peak, we wanted to bag another summit for a greater sense of acomplishment. Fortunately, Watchtower was very, very easy but still fun. Good views of Tower Peak. Climbed with EJ on an overnight trip. 36 miles total.
Planned to climb Watchtower following an ascent of Tower Peak, but rain and lightening forced a hurried descent down off the peak. Attempted to climb it again the next day, but the same thing happened.