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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.

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

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