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Idaho Rock Climbing 

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Famous Potatoes 

Yup, Idaho is famous for the spuds. Somewhere I heard that Idaho supplies more than 70% of the potatoes to McDonalds. Simplot, an ag company, basically owns Idaho.

But among all those future tator tots lies some climbing.

City of Rocks and its neighbor, Castle Rocks, are the main destinations for out-of-state climbers. Both feature fantastic cragging in a beautiful setting.

Also of interest are The Sawtooth Range near Stanley, the limestome climbing near Riggins, and the basalt climbing of Massacre Rocks near American Falls.

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2,430 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',182],['3 Stars',923],['2 Stars',843],['1 Star',292],['Bomb',14]

Classic Climbing Routes in Idaho

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Idaho:
Theater of Shadows   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 4 pitches, 500'   City of Rocks : Steinfell's Dome
Wheat Thin   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Elephant Rock : Elephant Rock - East
SE Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   The Sawtooth Range : Warbonnet Peak
Adolescent Homo   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Breadloaves : Decadent Wall
Lost Arrow   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   City of Rocks : Lost Arrow Spire
Columbian Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Elephant Rock : Elephant Rock - East
Intruding Dike   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Breadloaves : Bloody Fingers Corridor
Too Much Fun   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 150'   City of Rocks : Bumblie Rock
Skyline   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   City of Rocks : Morning Glory Spire
Open Book   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   The Sawtooth Range : Finger of Fate
Rye Crisp   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Elephant Rock : Elephant Rock - East
Batwings   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Parking Lot Rock : Parking Lot Rock - West
Mountaineer's Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   The Sawtooth Range : The Elephant's Perch
Private Idaho   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Bath Rock : Bath Rock - West
Thin Slice   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Parking Lot Rock : Parking Lot Rock - Northeas...
Bloody Fingers   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Breadloaves : Super Hits - Bloody Fingers
Tribal Boundaries   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   City of Rocks : Flaming Rock
Colossus   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Bath Rock : Bath Rock - West
Direct Beckey   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches   The Sawtooth Range : The Elephant's Perch
Crack of Doom   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   City of Rocks : Morning Glory Spire
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Featured Route For Idaho
Rock Climbing Photo: North Face of Mount Borah

North Face of Mount Borah AI3  ID : Lost River Range : Mt. Borah
The north face of Mount Borah is an Idaho classic! It is a huge and imposing face that looks like it belongs in the Canadian Rockies.Although this route can be done as a snow climb in the early summer once the avalanche danger has subsided, it is best to wait until early fall when the route becomes pitch upon pitch of beautiful alpine ice. The number of pitches of ice will vary depending on conditions, and how high up the snow you have to climb to get to the start of the ice.After climbing the...[more]   Browse More Classics in ID

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset over Morning Glory Spire
Sunset over Morning Glory Spire
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful Idaho
Beautiful Idaho
Rock Climbing Photo: Kyle T atop Mt. Borah after climbing the N. Face (...
Kyle T atop Mt. Borah after climbing the N. Face (...
Rock Climbing Photo: Welcome to Idaho!
Welcome to Idaho!
Rock Climbing Photo: Cam Burns en route to Chimney Rock, Idaho, in 1991...
Cam Burns en route to Chimney Rock, Idaho, in 1991...
Rock Climbing Photo: Top secret lava tube in the desert.
Top secret lava tube in the desert.

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By Brian Scoggins
From: Laramie, WY
Aug 24, 2015
Found: women's shoes at the Comp Wall at Castle Rock State Park. Message me with location and shoe type and I'll get them in the mail to you.
By bheller
From: SL UT
Sep 1, 2011
Here is copy of my letter- feel free to alter it a bit and get your voice heard!

Dear Friend,

As a long time outdoor enthusiast and rock climber I have been visiting and climbing at Massacre Rocks for the past decade. It is a relatively quiet, albeit excellent area for rock climbing. The individuals that equipped the climbing routes here invested countless hours and dollars into developing this area in to a regional treasure. Massacre hosts more basalt sport climbs than any other single destination in the world, as far as I'm aware. The unique features, geologic setting, and it's historical nature make it a favorite for climbers of all abilities. Please realize that there is a movement within our climbing commu nities to bring awareness to listing of Massacre on the National Register and the 30-day comment period. Please realize that I speak for at least hundreds of users in a multi-state area (Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana et al.), even if their voices are not to be heard in this short 30 day time-frame. My request is that Massacre remain open to the climbers and other user groups that cherish it.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Brad Heller

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