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Blodgett Canyon 


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Elevation: 6,697'
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Blodgett Canyon, MT

Description 

Blodgett Canyon sits in the middle of the Bitterroot Mountain Range and mainly consists of multi-pitch spires and one smaller cliff close to the parking lot.

The south facing side of the canyon is littered with granite cliffs and spires. If you have not been here it's certainly time to go. There is camping right before the trail head as well as a bathroom right there in the parking lot. Most of the approaches to the spires can be a bit grueling, especially the ones further down the canyon.

Another thing to be noted, blodgett rock at times can be the ever puckering big loose block, super scaly, kitty litter type. The important thing to remember is your climbing in Montana, and you’re going to run into the choss sooner than later. The climbing is mostly lay-backing in dihedrals but expect to also see face climbing, runnel mc dunnels, slabs, and rare jam cracks. I think that about does it for the description. If you can top this by all means do so, I just couldn’t bare to see one of Montana’s better areas absent on Mountain Project.

Approach: If you are gathering most of your information out of the falcon guide book do not pay much attention to the worthless approach descriptions. When you are somewhat in line with your climb, scout a line up the talus, find a log crossing, shed a layer, and convince your partner to carry the rope. If this is your first climb in the canyon count on an all day event and start early.

Descent: The decents in Blodgett can be tricky so leave ample time for getting down and know whether you need 2 ropes for the rap.


Getting There 

Head towards Hamilton on Highway 93 and take Blodgett Canyon Road. Access to the climbing routes begin at the Blodgett Creek Trailhead. In Hamilton, Mt, drive west on Main Street (out of the downtown area) until you reach the bridge over the Bitterroot River. Just past (west) the bridge, turn right (north) onto Ricketts Road and drive for .5 mile. At the intersection, turn left (west) onto Blodgett Camp Road. Veer right at the intersection with FS 735 in about 2.5 miles.Continue for about 1.5 miles to the combined Blodgett Creek Campground and TH.

On your left is parking for a couple of dozen vehicles and an outhouse. Here is the trailhead for Blodgett Canyon.


26 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Blodgett Canyon:
Shoshone South Face   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Shoshone Spire
Cornlier Ridge (first 3 pitches)   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 315'   Cornler Ridge : Cornlier Ridge
My Moms Muscle Shirt   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 900'   Flathead Buttress
Timebinder   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, 8 pitches, 900'   The Prow
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Viewing Blackfoot Dome from the approach. The Free Lament follows an obvious corner system that splits the center of Blackfoot Dome.

The Free Lament 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a MT : Blodgett Canyon : Blackfoot Dome
The Free Lament is perhaps one of the finer short routes in Blodgett. Perfect slab climbing up a very obvious line, and just enough gear to keep it fun. The climb starts on a high grassy ledge at the true base of Blackfoot Dome. Look for a single bolt 70' up. Begin climbing just right of a shallow left facing corner. Climb past a large hollow flake and find gear in a small crack in a left facing corner. Step up and left aiming for the bolt above. Follow the line of least resistance up through a...[more]   Browse More Classics in MT

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