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Leaning Tower

The West Face of the leaning tower is one of the most outrageouly overhanging big walls. I climbed this route in August 1994 with Ky-Van and Oyvind, who at that point were big-wall beginners. We were always too late and spending more time than expected with our un-refined threesome, which resulted in epic finishes at night.

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The constantly overhanging profile of the West Face. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California Starting the West Face of the Leaning Tower. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California Cleaning the second pitch on the West Face. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California Finishing the second pitch at sunset. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California Relaxing the next morning at Awanhnee ledge. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California Waiting at Guano ledge. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California The two next traversing pitches beeing cleaned. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California A new sunset. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California After more night climbing, we try to get some rest. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California Tuan proofs a scientific paper. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California Belaying the steepest (most horizontal) part of the route. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California Belaying the steepest (most horizontal) part of the route. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California At least  a good ledge. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California Hanging in free space. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California Cleaning the final pitch. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California After the three-day epic, the summit. Leaning Tower, Yosemite, California

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