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The Whistlepig 

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The Whistlepig, as seen on my early-spring recon h...


The showpiece pinnacle of the group, this is a beautiful free-standing tower, which is quite sizeable (height and circumference) for a dolomite spire. It is about 90' tall on the shorter aspects, and maybe 115' on the tallest face. The faces run from near-vertical to slightly overhanging, with only one obvious weakness allowing a surprisingly moderate route up such an imposing formation. The summit is a spacious island in the sky.
On the first ascent, we were surprised to find a fresh, gnawed-on pair of tiny fawn legs on the highest point from some bird of prey.
The name comes from the abundant yellow-bellied marmots lounging and chirping in the boulder fields around the pinnacle.

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Follow the hiking directions on the area overview. The route starts on the downhill face.

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Bryan on top of the Whistlepig after the FA.

Yellow Belly 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a 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

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