Cloud Tower, 5.11d

4th Pitch- 100’- 5.11d/ Although this is not the most sustained pitch of the route, this pitch does own the crux moves of Cloud Tower. Move up and left to clip an old bolt and catch a small mossy ramp that angles back right. Several solid nut placements protect this ramp, until you reach some small edges that work you back left into the base of the (no doubt) well chalked up arching corner. You can place endless amounts of small gear (C3’s and 00-0) as you ascend this corner. You will pass one more old bolt out right on the face that is really not needed and one fixed cam (2010). At first, stem out wide left, throwing your right foot up to the broken varnished patches to avoid the slick varnished face. The real trick for me the second time was to almost climb straight up the overhanging and reachy left holds via several tremendous jugs gaining a lot of ground before having to hit the strenuous stemming again. Eventually the stemming runs out and you have to commit to the small finger corner. A few lay back moves and some quick feet will get you to a few edges and waves that lead into easy climbing to finish off into the large alcove/box above. Climb up to the second ledge in the alcove, about 15’ below the roof.
Cloud Tower, 5.11d, 7 Pitches, Cloud Tower, Juniper Canyon, Red Rocks, NV, May, 2010.


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