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Bowling for Buicks 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Tom Kalakay 1988
Season: South facing, but shaded by tall trees
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Submitted By: Nick Stayner on Nov 17, 2010

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Awesome sport climb on the Bowling Ball Wall (Gallatin Tower south face). Fun, diverse climbing on slightly overhanging, heavily featured gneiss.


Look for the route near the left end of the wall with a high first bolt and lots of chalk. A guidebook is helpful since there are a lot of routes on this face.


Bolts. Probably want to stick clip the first one.

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By grk10vq
Nov 18, 2010

great route, great name!
possibly the best line on the wall.
By Fink
From: Jackson, WY & Bozeman, MT
Oct 14, 2012
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Favorite line on the wall as well. 2nd and 3rd bolts are vastly easier to clip if the draws are already hanging. Needing to hang the 2nd draw in particular requires an extra foot move from the shake at the horizontal. ymmv.
By Nick Stayner
From: Billings, MT
Oct 15, 2012

So what you're saying is.... prehung draws make clips easier? :)
By kozzybear406
From: Livingston, MT
Nov 18, 2012

Comments on the route just to the right, Bull in a China Closet?
By Nick Stayner
From: Billings, MT
Nov 18, 2012

re: Bull in a China Closet- I tried it once a couple years ago and didn't like it near as much as the others on the wall. Thought the bolting was a little off setting up some really odd clips. Never got back on it.

Others seem to like it though!

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