A compact cluster of dolomite towers above Granite Creek in the uppermost reaches of Shell Canyon. They lie a good ways above highway 14, but can be seen from the road. There are four towers in the group, although two are pretty short and remain unclimbed. The centerpiece tower, the Whistlepig, is readily visible from the highway on the sharp curve above the turnoff for Ranger Creek. These towers will probably only be attractive to desert tower fiends and the like, as their most redeeming qualities are aesthetic profiles and the scenic setting; the quality of the climbing and rock isn't the greatest.
If you're coming downhill from the top of Granite Pass, continue a few miles past Antelope Butte ski area and turn right on FS road 252, a dirt two-track that drops down into the small gorge of Granite Creek. Continue down this road for a short distance until it ends at some corrals and cabins; park off of the road entirely. It may be best to continue down Highway 14 a mile or so past FS 252, to the curve from which the towers are visible on the ridge line above. Refer to the overview photo.
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Yellow Belly 5.9+ PG13 WY : Shell Canyon : ... : The Whistlepig
The climbing on this route isn't very appealing, but it sure is one hell of a tower! This route is the only one on the tower currently, and is the only really viable weakness offering a free line. It surmounts the steep downhill face via a stair-step flake/crack. The flake starts trending left, then it diagonals back right up to a large ledge about 12' below the summit and up a final crack groove. Much of the climbing involves hand and finger cracks, some of which are quite sharp (tape recommend...[more] Browse More Classics in WY