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North America, United States, Washington—Cascade Mountains, Peshastin Pinnacles, Martian Tower

Peshastin Pinnacles, Martian Tower. The prominent diagonal crack on the west face of this tower between Orchard Rock and Dinosaur Tower was neglected until this year. The route was climbed in early January by Fred Stanley and David Beckstead and proved to be mainly Class 5. The route begins on the lower portion of the rock nearest Orchard Rock and follows the crack to the summit. At the half-way point two bolts are in place. Above the bolts friction climbing is necessary until the small bush is reached, then the climb eases considerably. The last obstacle is the small summit which we surmounted with the aid of a shoulder stand. This route seems to be one of the longer and definitely more diversified routes in the Pinnacles.

David Beckstead, unattached