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.
Follow the hiking directions on the area overview. The route starts on the downhill face.
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Yellow Belly 5.9+ PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 95 feet
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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