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North America, United States, Wyoming—Wind Rivers, South Watchtower, Cirque of the Towers

South Watchtower, Cirque of the Towers. On July 22 Court Richards and I left camp on Lonesome Lake to climb the east edge of the south face of South Watchtower in seven hours. The first five leads were free climbing, at first on somewhat loose flake granite which improved higher. Seven pitons were used on this part for anchors only. The last lead of 80 feet was the most difficult, calling for seven pitons, five for direct aid. One 2” bong-bong was left at the beginning of a delicate finger traverse on the last lead. (NCCS II, 6, A2.)

Richard F. Ream