Tonka Tower is one of a cluster of small towers just south of the Double Arch parking area in Arches National Park. The climb consists of two short pitches, the first 5.8 and the second a bolt ladder with some spicy free moves.

Derek and I endured extreme cold and wind during our ascent but were treated with a spectacular sunset on top. I have to admit that Tonka isn't among my favorite small towers in the park.

Hiking along the trail from the Double Arch parking area.

We break off the trail and traverse mild slickrock slopes toward Tonka Tower.

Looking down the first pitch as I belay Derek up it.

Derek at the belay, which I set in the chimney because it was too windy on the ledge above.

Long shadows of neighboring towers at sunset.

View north toward Elephant Butte.

Derek preparing to rap from the summit.

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