The Golden Tower Top 50

3 Stars
 E2 5c

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20m. THE Lancashire classic. Start up the left side of the lower buttress then tackle the fine finger-crack rising from the ledge and splitting the centre of the upper tower. A belay can be taken at mid-height but really it is best done in a single soaring pitch. In Western Grit the numbers of Gates of Perception and The Golden Tower have been switched on the topo. Gates of Perception follows the left-hand line higher on the tower.
FA. Les Ainsworth 1968


First pitch probably goes at about 5a, but definitely better done in one run out.
Si - 16/Oct/02

It seemed to get harder towards the top but i am very fat, after all! certainly to be done in one pitch for the full effect...and the first pitch isn't all that easy either.
martink - 24/Oct/02

very good route and position, but super easy for e2-the crack difficulties are only about 2 moves long-though the 1st bit isn't so easy to protect.
Nick Verney - 18/Dec/03

I found the horrible initial crack harder than the finish but all in all a fantastic outing.
Iggy_B - 22/Feb/05

There was a disgruntled Bat in situ on the top crack yesterday. Great route, very enjoyable, grade bang on for me.
Mike Raine - 09/Aug/05

Well in my opinion it certainly ain't "super easy for E2"! It's awkward up to the ledge - probably 5b - and the upper crack is very sustained, with more than one move at 5c.
John Parker - 27/Sep/10

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