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Central Gorge  

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Submitted By: Trevor Bowman on Jan 5, 2008






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This is a catchall area encompassing any climbs found in the granite gorge between Post Creek (at the lower end) and Shell Falls/Brindle Falls areas (at the upper end). There aren't many established routes in the main gorge, and access can be the biggest issue since most of the flows tend to be across the creek from Highway 14. Finding breaks in the cliffs or rapping in and leaving a fixed line to jug back out are the only means of accessing the creek. However, since the canyon is so narrow, the creek flows fast and deep and only freezes over in select spots. Basically, it takes some determination and luck to get to some of these flows.

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Weather station 19.6 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]

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The route with belays marked, as seen from Highway...

Workin' on Leavin' the Livin' WI4+ M5 R  WY : Shell Canyon : Central Gorge
Easily the canyon's most spectacular line, but also it's most rarely formed in my experience....I've climbed in the canyon off an on for six seasons and never seen a hint of ice on this thing other than in the 09/10 season; it seems that the necessary combination of high groundwater from a wet fall and the extended cold and snow throughout the winter combined to give it life. Although this is just my hypothesis, as there is no major drainage above the climb, and it managed to withstand...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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