A sweet line up the steep south face of cloudveil dome. No crowds, solid rock, and a spectacular setting: Git r done.
Route starts 40ft left of the large left rising ledge. Begin on 5.6 face left of a broken left facing corner to a belay ledge(140ft). Continue on 5.6 terrain to the large left rising ledge that splits the south face. Move the belay left up the ledge to broken rock below a pillar with a hand crack on the left (armed robbery) and thin crack on right (silver linning). Climb up to the base of the pillar and traverse left (5.8 spicy) to the long hand crack (5.8+ sustained). Build a semi hanging belay at a small ledge or with a 70m rope you can continue to a nice belay ledge at the top of the crack. 2-3 pitches of 5.7/5.8 lead to the summit.
Approach via Garnet Canyon to the meadows. Continue up the S. Fork and head to the saddle on the E ridge of Cloudveil. Stash gear here and descend South trending right. Look for a West facing gully in red rock. Descend the gully for a short distance untill you can scamble out right and onto a ledge system that runs along the base of the S face.
Descend the East ridge.
Pro to 3", double up on .5"-2", 70m rope is helpfull.
|By Ted Farley|
From: Bozeman, Mt
May 4, 2011
isn't this a north facing route?
Jul 23, 2011
No, it's south facing.
|By Charlie Jonas|
From: Jackson, Wyoming
Jul 28, 2014
Sustained and spicy 5.8+?! I haven't climbed this yet but this rating sounds like maybe we should just give in little a call it 5.9. Its kinda like when someone orders a steak and asks for it in-between medium-rare and medium. The distinction is just too small and ambiguous to exsist.
|By Bart Young|
From: Jackson, WY
Jul 29, 2014
Did this route 2 days ago. We used Gams' Teton Rock Climbs book which was good but lacked a bit of clarity.
P1) Starts in the clean left facing, jagged corner as the book says. Goes up lesser quality rock to the left then back right to the base of a white pedestal with a bush. Belay here. Short pitch.
P2) Climb up the face above the pedestal to the right of horizontal cracks. Aim for the left facing corner formed by the arÍte on your right. Climb the corner, continue up and left via easy face climbing. We belayed from a large ledge slinging a big diving board-style rock as an anchor.
P3) Straight up off the belay using right leaning hand crack for pro. Continue straight up on easy terrain to a series of broad ledges. Climb the short 5.8 right facing corner to another huge ledge. I slung a large block for the belay.
P4) The "column" is straight above you. Go left up the corner/ramp. Traverse back to right over the 1st roof. Move straight up the right side of the 2nd roof. I recall that a #1 camalot could've been placed somewhere low on the climbers left here but the gear is marginal however you slice it. Move back left over the top of the 2nd roof towards the hand crack. Don't fall. Jam the hand crack making one last tricky move over the bulge to the belay.
P5) Climb up the hand crack working left past a couple of roofs. I "misplaced"the belay at a comfortable 1 x 2 foot ledge below the 2nd roof. However, 20 ft higher a giant ledge is available for the belay.
P6) Work left up a ramp, then head up and right over 5.7ish moves. Aim for a giant dihedral that looms up and right. Belay where comfortable.
P7) In my opinion, the best pitch of the climb but oddly given no description in the book. Somehow get into the giant corner. Jam and stem the 5.7/5.8 hand fist crack corner. Great movement with awesome exposure. So good! Top out on a giant ledge taking care not to knock rocks on your belayer. Belay the 2nd and scramble 50ft to the summit.