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North America, United States, Utah, San Rafael Swell, Various Ascents

San Rafael Swell, Various Ascents. Petrifying Wood Tower, Black Cow (III 5.10 A4, three pitches, 310 feet). The tower is located two and a half miles south from Bottleneck Peak. Lorne Glick and James Garrett made the first ascent via the southeast face March 15. Petrifying Wood Tower, Awefulwidth Crack Direct (III 5.10+ A2, 430 feet). The route climbs the southeast face. The first ascent was by Kim Csizmazia and James Funsten, November 5. The Weasel, Weasel on the Run (III 5.11 A0, four pitches, 400 feet). The first ascent of the Weasel was made by James Franziska Garrett, October 24. The landform was climbed by the north face. To reach it, drive five and a half miles from the campground at the San Rafael River Bridge to a right turn. Continue one mile to a fork. Stay left and drive two and a half miles farther. The Weasel Tower is in full view from this point. The Pinnacle (III 5.11 A0, five pitches). Approach as for the Weasel. The Pinnacle is obvious beside the Weasel. The first ascent was made by James Garrett and Jim Howe with Franziska Garrett working on the first two pitches. The tower was climbed March 17, 1996. The Devil's Dog (II 5.9, three pitches, 270 feet): The formation is located west of Saddle Horse Canyon approximately seven miles south of I-70. The climb is located on the southeast corner of the Devil’s Monument. First ascent by Billy Roos and Patrick Morrow, April 24.

Eric Bjørnstad