Ascent of Leaning Tower in 1972-04

Climber: Dick Ellsworth

Others in Party:Scott...(forget last name)
Date:April, 1972
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Leaning Tower
    Elevation:5880 ft / 1792 m

Ascent Trip Report

West Face in a snow storm. Scott and i figured the snow wouldn't be an issue because the face overhangs a lot of the route. What we didn't bank on was the powerful updraft that blew snow & freezing rain UP the face and right up our cagoules. When we topped out we looked like frozen drowned rats... No matter, we were young and looking for adventure.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:V 5.8 A2
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Rock Climb, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Bivouac
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy
Updrafts blew snow/sleet up our cagoules!
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Days 4 Hours 

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