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The Waltz Formation 

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Submitted By: Sarge on May 15, 2007
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This is a very cool formation. This area receives a lot of traffic due to the moderate climbs. It is primarily in the sun--so in peak summer season you may want to hit it during the morning or evening.
It is a very cool prominent finlike formation that is divided into three distinctly different steps that point directly toward the river. Since it has these steps, not all of the rock is of high quality.

Getting There 

Waltz formation is located on the eastside of the Gallatin river smack down in the middle of all the formations. It is one of the easier formations to get to.
To get there walk down river (north) until you are directly across canyon from Gallatin Tower then leave the Riverside trail and follow the typical climbers trail (switchbacks) up slope to the base of the Waltz's formation.

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['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Waltz Formation:
The Waltz   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
Paso Doble   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 120'   
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Paso Doble 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a  MT : Gallatin Canyon : The Waltz Formation
P1: Start on arete until it's possible to gain the left facing corner above. A bolt protects the traverse to the belay.(5.8)P2: Follow the face above through 3 roofs/bulges. The climbing gets progressively harder toward the top.(5.11c)...[more]   Browse More Classics in MT

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