The Golden Tower*** E2 5c
[The golden, golden tower, 2 kb]20m.

Rockfax Description
20m. THE Lancashire classic. Start up the left side of the lower buttress then tackle the fine finger-crack rising from the ledge and splitting the centre of the upper tower. A belay can be taken at mid-height but really it is best done in a single soaring pitch. In Western Grit the numbers of Gates of Perception and The Golden Tower have been switched on the topo. Gates of Perception follows the left-hand line higher on the tower. © ROCKFAX

FA. Les Ainsworth 1968

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit: Top 50, Very good routes in the UK, Classic Rock Climbs In Northern England by Bill Birket, Lancashire's Finest, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, CLIMB Mag's Top 100 routes in Britain, Ultimate E2 ticklist.

Photo: The golden, golden tower © Laurence
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This climb is in 198 logbooks, and on 51 wishlists.

tmawer - 2nd rpt - 31/Aug/15 with Bram

Brilliant climbing, superb line and safe as it gets. Gutted to fluff it at the upper crux - wrong handed and too pumped. Great fun.
BTphonehome - Lead dog - 31/Aug/15 with Tony

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Aug/15

Soft touch we thought. 9 runners above ledge, with only the top 2 placed on summit push. Became very intimate with the holds after downclimbing them so many times! Start is a typical grit HVS pig.
Owen W-G - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/15 with David Gainor

Dave Warburton - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/15 with Katie Farrell

OMG! A must! First section scary without a lot of gear before the ledge is reached. Second pitch is a crux but with at least 4 placements, you are safe (until you get to the top, where it is unprotected). Overall, great route, great finish and great success.
mb_london - Lead G/U - 22/Jul/15 with Mark

Great climbing. Quite tough starting section. Top crack really well-protected
Derek Furze - 2nd - 21/Jul/15 with Duncan Parker

Not again
BigTone - Lead dnf - 27/Jun/15

Nigel Bond - Lead G/U - 25/Jun/15 with Bern Hardman

Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/15 with Kasia Osipowicz

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Jun/15

Nigel Bond - Lead - 13/May/15 with Michael Buddle

Very disappointing.
JimHolmes69 - Lead O/S - 07/May/15 with AndyPratt88

AndyPratt88 - 2nd - 07/May/15 with Jim

john lynch - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/15 with Bethan D

Hidden - 2015

Dave Rumney - 2015

Dave Rumney - 2015

Dave Rumney - 2015

Hidden - Lead dog - 18/Oct/14

Laurence Everitt - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/14 with Ruth Buckberry

Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/14 with Mike(Dad)

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/14

Hidden - 27/Jul/14

A lively bat is in residence in the crack above the halfway ledge.
switch - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/14 with John S

jon22 - 2nd - 22/Jun/14 with si witcher

Mark Grist - Lead dog - 12/Jun/14 with Alan Barnes

manwithacam - 2nd - 12/Jun/14 with Mark, Alan

Chuffed to have finally led this route after seconding it in the past. It's a route of two halves. Surpisingly I cruised the bottom section. The crux was the finger crack in the top section. Ran it out after the crux. Never desperate and lovely climbing!
Leo Woodhead - Lead β - 31/May/14

Flashed in one pitch, on (some of) the gear placed by Leo. So, not a true onsight but a v. nice line all the same :)
Climbster - Lead β - 31/May/14 with Leo

Didn't do top-out.
erictant - TR RP - 18/May/14 with Paul

John Gale - Lead dog - 17/May/14

bwestwood - Lead - 16/May/14

8 years and 2 other attempts..finally!
robman - Lead RP - 12/May/14

Chris Reid - Lead - 03/May/14

Mind not in the right place!
BigTone - Lead dnf - 20/Apr/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Apr/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/14

miles01 - Lead dnf - 18/Apr/14 with nick day

jshields - Lead - 13/Apr/14 with Dave Sargent

davewsargent - 2nd dog - 13/Apr/14 with mike dowsett, jon shields

Mike Hood - Lead - 19/Mar/14 with Nathan

Frank the Husky - 2014

Hidden - Lead - 2014

Kirill - 2nd O/S - 12/Oct/13 with Charles Moreton

Can't really claim the onsight as I backed off it a few years ago and still had some recollection of it.
cem - Lead β - 12/Oct/13 with Kirill Spiridonov

Well protected with an obvious crux. Excellent!
MischaHY - Lead - 12/Oct/13

petekeron - 2nd O/S - 30/Aug/13 with Barry Scott

Coel Hellier - Lead - 11/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead dog - 08/Aug/13

My first E2! Had to climb back down to the halfway ledge due to pre-crux pump. Shook out and got the ascent clean. The holds are all there, just don't get pumped.
MichaelGallimore - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/13 with Andy Cmc

Goose4 - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/13 with April Derbyshire

Mike Hood - Lead dog - 19/Apr/13

fulton333 - 2nd dog - 21/Oct/12 with Joe Fennel

joe_lancs - Lead dog - 21/Oct/12

Hidden - TR dog - 21/Oct/12

ozzie35 - TR - 25/Jul/12 with dave dillon

Mini epic. Took a cam out as it was in my jam then kicked my top cam as I lunged for the block near the top. Great route though
nepsoi999 - Lead O/S - 29/May/12 with pete

Alex Munnery - TR O/S - 02/May/12 with Mike Hood

lovely route with plenty of gear when you really need it if you have the stamina to place it, i'd recommend a preplaced anchor/rope at the top and a quick clean up as the top outs loose and dusty when your pumped (which you will be!). my first E2 onsight, had to take 1 rest before the crux :-(
DANBO - Lead dog - 01/Apr/12

Almost backed off the crux! Just feels hard to commit to.
PeteH - Lead O/S - 20/Mar/12 with Chris Moxon

Absolute mess, but by far the hardest I've had to try for a route yet. Just happy I stuck with it to the top. Will come back now I've got the moves sorted. Amazing line, great fun in hindsight, not so much at the time!
gb05 - Lead dog - 02/Mar/12 with Bec Hurst, Claire Hoolohan

climbing son - TR β - Jan/12

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Stone Idle - 2012

Stone Idle - 2012

Jacob Bloodworth - Lead O/S - 2012

Rob84 - 2nd dog - 14/Nov/11 with Rob Adie

In the dark!
cat22 - 2nd - 13/Nov/11 with Mike

westaway - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/11

Good clean fast bosh up this today unlike yesterday...
Graeme Hammond - Lead rpt - 16/Oct/11 with Pete Wimbush

g1m147 - 2nd - 25/Sep/11 with Mick.

Half seconded, half top roped. Swifty got 3/4 of the way, but lowered off, good effort though.
bigglesbutcha - TR O/S - 26/Jul/11 with Swifty

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead rpt - 20/Jun/11

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/11 with Anna

Glenn Sutcliffe - 30/Apr/11 with Charl

PAJames - 2011

Rachel Slater - 2nd O/S - 31/Oct/10 with Sean Jacobs, Chi Huo Cheng

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Oct/10

pie_eater_pete - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/10 with Dave Sargent

Little B - 2nd dog - 18/Oct/10 with Paolo

design crisis - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/10 with frith

jtree03 - Lead dog - 26/Sep/10 with Brother Al

sparkass - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/10 with Tom Airnes

There was a family of bats living in the crack just above the ledge. Can avoid disturbing them by climbing slightly right for a couple of metres.
Alex Winter - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/10 with J. Iles-Smith

jiles - 2nd dog - 16/Aug/10 with Alex Winter

Hidden - Lead dog - 13/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/10

JulesV - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Shauna Cunningham

climbing_rocks1983 - TR RP - 15/May/10 with Kieran

mickJ - 2nd dog - 08/May/10 with Nick and Mike

kjbix - Lead - 11/Apr/10

Excellent, well protected, go do it.
petegunn - Lead - 19/Mar/10 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/10

philw - 2010

Chrismoore94 - 2nd - 2010

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Oct/09

Too much beer the night before
cem - Lead dnf - 25/Oct/09 with Graham Dolman

Though I could onsite this one hahaha first section a bit bold getting to the ledge but went OK. Second section from the ledge bomb proof gear all the way to the top but supper pumpy and sustained.
Diggler - Lead dog - 26/Sep/09 with Calder

Calder - 2nd - 26/Sep/09 with Mark

first pitch only. glad we arnt the only ones who felt this wasnt "easy for the garde" as our guide book stated
adam06 - 2nd - 19/Jun/09 with chris white

khawk - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/09 with DT

Seymore Butt - 2009

Lunar25 - Lead rpt - 2009 with Stacy Oliver

steven - 2nd O/S - 18/Sep/08 with Brian Hull

A really good route with soo many amazing moves and bomber gear!
derico - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/08 with Dave Hollows

Hidden - Lead dog - 30/Aug/08

Hidden - 2nd dog - 30/Aug/08

Rachel Somerville - 2nd - 10/Feb/08 with Des Chadderton

Barely got off the ground on this one as it was cold and wet with plenty of slime and sand to boot.Still it was the first rock I attempted to climb.
dan1stdan - TR dnf - 06/Jan/08 with Mark

Sean Kelly - 2008

dave mann - Lead O/S - 2008

John Southworth - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/07 with Alex Jakubowski

DavidR - Lead dog - 15/Sep/07 with Holly Adamthwaite

SteveM - Lead dnf - 15/Sep/07 with Kat

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 15/Sep/07

kitkat78 - 2nd - 15/Sep/07 with SteveM

Hidden - TR O/S - 08/Sep/07

what a great climb going again really tired but fun doing it again sometime some places were not tidy rubbish in some place put i think its just people leaving rubbish there not climbers other people
scouser666 - TR dog - 08/Sep/07 with fedster187

what a great climb going again really tired but fun doing it again sometime some places were not tidy rubbish in some place put i think its just people leaving rubbish there not climbers other people
scouser666 - TR dog - 08/Sep/07 with fedster187

Hidden - Lead dog - Sep/07

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Jun/07

Rich Kirby - 2nd rpt - 2007 with Hugh

Johann - Lead dog - 2007 with Dan Price

cleaned first pitch dogged the second
robman - Lead dog - 12/Oct/06 with Tim

Top crack could do with a bit a a clean, seemed as though rain had washed dirt onto everything near the top.
Kyuzo - Lead dog - 11/Sep/06 with Leo Warren

Hidden - TR dnf - 30/Jul/06

kitch01 - TR O/S - 10/Jun/06 with terry webb

Stig - Lead dnf - 04/Jun/06 with Maciek

compleated in dark, will lead next time. few tricky moves at the top.
robman - 2nd dog - 03/Apr/06 with Tim

Brown - 2nd β - 18/Nov/05 with Henry

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/05 with Mark Gill

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/05

Hidden - Lead dog - 26/Jun/05

Ben1983 - Lead dog - Jun/05

Hidden - Lead rpt - 2005

middlevern - Lead O/S - Nov/04

rovers777 - Lead - Aug/04

nige - Lead O/S - 11/May/04 with dave kells

Rik Dawes - Lead O/S - 2004

datoon - Lead - 27/Aug/03 with RT

Mark Collins - Lead dog - 10/May/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/03

Hidden - Lead - 2003

Adam Lincoln - Lead - 2002

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/01

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - Lead O/S - Apr/00 with Pete Swanson

nick bamber - 2000 - 2nd - 2000

D Tempest - 2nd - 31/May/99 with Rick

Marti999 - Lead - 1999

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/98

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1998

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/97 with Dave Plummer

phardman - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/97

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/May/96

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Sep/95

Through the first pitch with no trauma, messed up at 2/3 height. tried to hand swap on a pinch hold rather than down climb. The rest is history. He's out of there!
ellie macpherson - Lead dnf - Aug/95

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/95

goi.ashmore - Lead β - 19/Jun/95 with Matt Hirst

Hidden - 1995

Got to 1 or 2 feet from top. Thin crack.... Top roped it though. Still hard.
Dave Westby - Lead dnf - 1995 with Garry Nuttal

NickJH - Aug/94

Duncan Bourne - TR - 04/Jun/94 with P Agnew

mattnuttall - 2nd rpt - 21/Jun/93 with John Stringfellow

Stoney Boy - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/93 with Neil McCallum

Mick King - Lead dog - 14/Apr/93 with Simon Walsh

Hidden - 1993

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1993

Mick King - Lead - 19/Jun/92 with Simon Walsh

whispering nic - May/92 with Graham Iles

Hidden - 2nd - 1992

Hidden - Lead - 10/Aug/91

First experience of E2
Mick King - 2nd - 30/May/91 with Pete Hankinson

First E2:)
adi bryant - Lead O/S - 10/May/91 with Tim

mattnuttall - 2nd - 24/Mar/91 with Alan Holden

mattnuttall - Lead - 24/Aug/90 with Alan Holden

Neil R - 2nd dog - 11/Mar/90 with Mark

Nick Biven - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/90 with Andy Brailsford

andy farnell - 1990

Nick Rundall - 2nd O/S - 1990

BigHairyIan - Lead O/S - 01/Mar/89 with Mike Buckley (Little Mike)

Rich Kirby - 2nd - 1989 with Will (S. Williamson)

mik1miller - Lead O/S - 1989 with gary deane

Roget - 2nd O/S - 1989 with jim

andy tetsill - Lead - Nov/88 with Joy

steve taylor - AltLd - Oct/87 with stumpy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1986

Hidden - Lead - 21/Feb/85

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Aug/84

neilh - Lead - 07/Jul/84 with simon webster

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Apr/84

Bob - 14/Feb/82

Mark Kemball - Lead - 26/Aug/80

Hidden - AltLd - 1978

Mike Owen - 11/Sep/77 with Pete Craig

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