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Summary

Close to the parking lot, but poor rock quality, even for the Fishers. The north face route offers a good easy introduction to aid climbing.

Approach

From campsite #3 at the Fisher Towers parking lot, walk east 100m to an obvious junction in the creek/arroyo. Walk up the left fork which is guarded by a large bush at the junction. Work your way out to the left and up to Dunce Rock. 5-10 mins from the parking lot.

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2 5.8

First climbed solo by Harvey T Carter who said "it's the obvious route on the north side of the tower".

Well, there are obvious zig-zag ledges, but the final 20ft is guarded by vertical poor rock. There is now a 4 bolt (drilled piton) ladder to aid on, placed by Joe Forrester in 2007 to finish their route that started on the south face. There is a rappel station on the shoulder just under the summit block.

FA: Harvey T Carter, 1970

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2 5.8

Some of the worst rock you will ever climb on. Climb the obvious wide crack at the western edge of the formation to a shoulder under the overhanging summit. On the first ascent the summit was lassoed for an aid finish, there is now a 3 bolt ladder moving left across poor rock/mud to surmount the final obstacle. There is a rappel station below the summit block.

FA: Harvey T Carter & Dave Erickson, 1971

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