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Salad Days

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


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Groundhog 5.6 (Trad) ***

First Ascent: Bob Heipler, Alan Guthrie in 1974
Length: 120ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This route climbs the wide crack about 15 feet right of Salad Days to a ledge. Belay from the ledge. Climb up and left to another ledge and belay. Traverse left 100 feet along a ledge and summit via a short slot above Might Eidson.
Descent: Rap anchors-double ropes required
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS

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2.14 stars (7 votes)
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5.6 (5 votes)

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Wolf said on October 9th, 2006
Neither 5.3 nor 3 stars. This climb is only good if you like rhodos, thorns, and dirt. It would be worth it for the view at the top, if there weren't at least a half dozen better ways to get there.
Anonymous said on September 2nd, 2008
this route may be 5.3 in a system that only goes to 5.9 which is the case in 1974 when the route was put up, but because things have inflated these days it should be rated a 5.6+ or 5.7. There is no way it is a 5.3. I've been on legitimate 8's that are easier than that thing. Better change the rating before some new leader gets hurt.
monty4355 said on April 1st, 2013
First pitch is good. Kinda sucks after that. But there is an anchor made of two fixed nuts if ya don't want to more than the first pitch.