Climbs 150
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 5000m a.s.l
Faces all

Jose on the Hong Variation(5.11c) of McCarthy West Face. © richard kirby

Crag features

USA--Wyoming. Known to native Americans as Bear Lodge. Known to us Brits as 'that crazy rock tower from Close Encounters of the Third Kind'.

Approach notes

IMPORTANT: Climbing on the Tower is now strongly discouraged throughout the entire month of June by the Lacota people and other tribes. The 'no climbing on the tower in June' is entirely voluntary, although the park service also strongly discourage climbing during that month. The affected tribes are very pleased with the observation of this pratice and, to be honest, it would be pretty bad karma to ignore this. Just come back in july etc.

a brilliant and iconic venue in a remote part of the US in north east wyoming near dakota. Famous for its sustained jamming and crack climbs. It featured in the sci-fi movie 'close encounters of the 3rd kind'. The tower rises 900ft out of fairly flat plains. There is camping nearby and single pitch routes as well as multipitch summit routes
brianrunner - 31/Dec/07
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Walt Bailey Memorial5.9 ***8
2Broken Tree5.10b **8
5.11a **1
4Dump Watt5.10b **1
5Bonhomme Variation5.8 *6
6Tin Tin Does Doughnuts
5.9 **1
7Belle Fourche Buttress5.10b ***4
8Little Fingers
5.9 *1
9Everlasting5.11a ***4
10Tulgey Wood
5.10a ***5
11El Matador5.10c ***7
12McCarthy West Face5.10b ***4
13Carol's Crack
5.11a 1
14Mr. Clean
5.11a 2
15One Way Sunset
5.10c 2
16Rangers Are People Too
5.10a 1
17Burning Daylight
5.10b 1
18McCarthy's North Face
5.11a 1
19Hollywood & Vine
5.10c 3
5.9 4
21Durrance5.8 ***12
22Mystic and the Mulchers5.8 ***2
23New Wave
5.10a **8
24Assembly Line
5.9 ***8
25Patent Pending
5.6 1
26South West Direct
5.8 1
27Rangers are perverts too
5.9 1
28El Cracko Diablo
5.8 1
29Bountiful5.8 1
30Eva 9115.9 1
31Weissner5.7 **1
5.7 **1
33Klondike5.10a ***1

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