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Overhanging Tower-west face - 5.5

Average Rating = 3.67/5 Average Rating : 3.67 out of 5
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Rock (Trad)
G
3
Standard trad rack
200
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.5
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 4.50/5
  Rock Quality 4.50/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 3.00/5

Description:

From Cirque Lake, take the Wolfs Head col toward Shark's Nose. Overhanging Tower is the last tower you come to before Shark's Nose. Climb easy terrain (5.5-5.6) up the west face of the tower, which is not obvious from the bottom. The climbing is nothing to write home about, but it's worth a trip up to the summit, which REALLY does overhang the entire Cirque. A very cool place to sit and dangle your feet over a 1500' drop.

Descent Options:

Rap or downclimb the route.

Submitted by: dlTOm on 2008-01-19
Views: 1199
Route ID: 91821

3 Ascents Recorded

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.5
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Solo Solo ascent by: floridaputz on 2007-08-22 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Good Solo

Soloed this on a nice sunny day. It's pretty cool looking over the Cirque from the top.

Added: 2011-08-22

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
Onsight Onsight ascent by: semicolin on 2007-07-19 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars nice post-shark's nose scramble

easy scrambling, worth doing for an easy day or if you're heading back from the shark's nose.

Added: 2008-07-19

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.5
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: dlTOm on 2000-07-19 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars easy summit, tough hike

This one is a LONG hike from camp, and probably not worth it alone (although I enjoyed the approach for its own sake, moving through some cool terrain above tree line). However, it's close to the North Face of Shark's Nose, so if you're in the area (or waiting in line for Shark's Nose as we were, or even descending from Wolfs Head with time to spare) I'd say go on up and enjoy one of the coolest summits in the Cirque. The route is so easy that when we climbed it, someone's dog followed us more than halfway up, and then ran down our rap route to descend. Made us feel a bit foolish rapping...

Added: 2008-01-19