OverviewThis tower was on my TO DO list for a while, but due to a busy schedule it was just hard to get to it. We finally decided to make a trip there (only about 2 hr drive for me), but I felt little ill, had a late start, we took the scenic route to get there and got lost. We reached the base of the tower shortly after 5 PM and had no time to climb it, so we only "played" on its first and most difficult pitch Nameless Face 5.11-
The tower was first climbed by Steven Johnson and Charlie Fowler
in 1996 by its regular route with a great name Psychopath 5.9+
(I added the + per other climbers ratings. I think that Charlie did not mess up with pluses). The Nameless Face pitch was added later by Kevin Dunkak and it joins with the start of the regular route, so if you don't feel comfortable with a warm up on 5.11, you can easily by-pass it.
The area has several towers, this one being most famous. It was featured in
Climbing magazine and there is a great description on how to get there and route description.
March 2014 - I was fortunate to make 2 more trips back - wonderful area, I hope it will stay pristine and uncrowded for many more years to come.
External LinksPsycho Tower on Mountain Project
Psycho Tower Climbing. February 17, 2012. from Jason Halladay on Vimeo.
Thanks Jason Halladay