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The Cutting Board

This route is located in the Middle Gorge Region at Tower Rock

Heart of Darkness

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South of Zimbabwe 5.10d R (Mixed) **

First Ascent: Martin Hackworth, Grant Stephens in 1985
Length: 50ft
Bolts/Gear: 1/ (report bad bolts/anchors)

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When you reach the north face of Tower by taking the right fork in the approach trail, walk left around a corner to locate this face climb. Look for an old bolt hanger in the middle of the face. Climb to the bolt then head left on horizontals and edges.
"R" rated Bring small cams and stoppers
Moves: Crimps or Edges
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: NFS

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Wolf said on July 30th, 2013
Some cool moves on itty-bitty holds. Would be a heady lead, with the rusty quarter inch bolt as the first piece of pro and a crux right after it.
dustonian said on July 30th, 2013
I gots a hand drill & hardware...