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South Side of "The Sloan Spike" # 5169

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Date: 2004.09.18
Vantage Point: From Mount Land

Caption: The beautiful free standing tower on the hillside south of Sloan

PhotoDescr: This is the south side of the tower featured in this photo essay of Drew's. Sure it's a long way to go for such a short climb, but you gotta have your own rationale for doing these things anyway! "The Sloan Spike" sounds better than "that unclimbed free-standing tower on the ridge by Sloan", but tell ya what, if anybody bags this thing then he/she can name it whatever the hell they want. Though it is hard naming towers, they invariably get named after purely physically representative objects: nails, flagpoles, needles, phallic conotations, &c. How about "The Ault Anomaly"? Huh, huh?

It's tough to get a sense of the scale of this thing, but it looks as if it's maybe about a half-to-full pitch high.

This picture was taken during the getting-to-the-bottom ascent of Mount Land that Steve, Drew, and I undertook last year. There's a whole bunch of cool looking things in this little area tucked away in a cirque south of Sloan. You come around a corner and everybody in your party turns into a camera-clicking tourist!

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