Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gallatin Tower - August 11, 2010

We did the standard route 5.8, 3 pitches on Gallatin Tower, which was considered to be one of the best climbs in the canyon. Ken led the first two pitches 5.7, 60' and 5.8 150'. The second pitch was amazing! Definitely the best pitch on the climb. It was steep but offered jugs on the face, stemming options and good jams. Anja led the final 100' 5.7/3rd class scramble pitch. She was underwhelmed by the large loose rocks at the base of the steep chimney. Near the top we climbed past "BBQ ledge" which indeed had several BBQ's which was kind of neat.

Ken leading the first pitch.
Ken high in the corner stringing on the second pitch.
Ken on the summit setting the first rap.
The view from the top was amazing, but it was also a bit chilly. We descended fairly quickly via two rappels and moved on to some 1 pitch climbs.
The summit shot.
Ken climbs a 10a that probably would have been 12a at ten sleep? He placed his own gear though, so I guess that's why it was only a 10a. :)
We top roped a 5.9 and another 10a, and then Anja led a 5.9 that we missed the anchors on. Fortunately, the anchors for the climbs that we top-roped were only about 20' to the left.

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