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Crew Crag  


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Elevation: 4,900'
Location: 45.5931, -111.5683 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ty Morrison-Heath on Jan 31, 2012
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Description 

Along the Bear Trap road this crag has a short approach and some really fun routes! It can be rather windy so bring your wind gear. It has been done in mid-January with the right weather. A very pretty setting right along Madison River makes this just a nice place to be.

Getting There 

From Bozeman head west on Highway 84 (towards 4 Corners) until you reach the turn off for Bear Trap (20.6 miles from intersection of 84 and 191). Take a left just before the bridge to get onto the access road for Bear Trap. Head 1.2 miles down this dirt road until you reach a small pull through turnout on the left side of the road. The climbs are up above this. At this time there is a white rope hanging that allows you to ascend the 20ish foot cliff up to the start of the climb.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.4 miles from here

1 Total Routes

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Balance of Power 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  MT : Madison River Area : Crew Crag
A great route that requires three mini roof pulls. One of the longer single pitch climbs in the area. Bring slings and think about your clips to avoid rope drag. A 70 meter rope will leave you about 3 feet above the ground on the rappel. If you have a shorter rope there is an intermediate anchor about 5/8's of the way down. Pro-Tip: If you rap with a 70 you can use the intermediate anchor to allow you to rap all the way down to the scree field, thus avoiding the chossy downclimb of the chu...[more]   Browse More Classics in MT

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By Bryan Gartland
From: Helena, MT
Aug 28, 2014
In 1998 or thereabouts Chris Kurowski and I topped out on the right-facing book just left of "Balance of Power". It went at 5.8 or 5.9, was fairly dirty, but is a worthy adventure route if you're looking for something new to do on the Madison.

The short tower-esque formation downhill and to the right (south) of this buttress also hosts a fun little gear climb in the 5.7 range that finishes on a splitter crack, by Montana standards…

I'm psyched to check out "Balance" sometime in the future. Thanks for the addition.