|The Single Malt Wall
Many routes begin right off the lower road and ascend the alcove, although there are routes to the left and right starting from the slanted hillsides.
Spring and Fall offer the best temperatures for climbing. Summer is great in the morning until around 11 a.m. when the South facing wall is catching sun. Ideal temperatures are 50 to 70 degrees. This is granite and feels slippery when warm and freezes your fingers when it is cold.
Currently as of Summer 2012, there are 13 routes from 5.10- to 5.13b. The rock quality is generally bomber with edges and slopers. The rock tends to have exfoliated 'potato' chips scattered about, much of which was removed when the routes went in but likely still exist here and there adding to the adventure.
This wall is directly below The Island climbing area in the Shoshone Canyon about 10 minutes west of Cody, WY. Several approaches all of which are about 10 minutes will get you to the base of the crag.
1. Park at the last pullout on the left (South) side of the highway before the tunnels and:
a. Hop the guard rail and find the steep trail winding down the hillside to the road or,
b. Cross the highway and enter the silver drainage tube (a little freaky). Its about 5 feet in diameter and has a gentle downward grade, so walking it is pretty casual. It deposits you in the same exact place as the previous method.
Once you reach the lower road head West toward the dam (about a 5 minute walk). The Single Malt Wall is the plug of granite near the road and river with the giant limestone chockstone wedged on its West side.
2. Park as for the Island entrance, on the right (North) side of the highway just before the first tunnel. Walk through the two small tunnels and cross the highway. Walk past the small rock butte and sneak behind the fence, traverse this until you find a faint trail leading down toward the large plug of granite. Bear left and rock hop down the talus to the base of the Single Malt Wall. Quickest but gnarliest approach.
11 Total Routes
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McClelland Strong 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c WY
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