Watchtower Standard Route
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Pitch 1- More fun than it looks like
Between Dog Buttress and The Joker you'll find a solid flat spot to belay this route (all these routes are right of Mother's Day). The first pitch doesn't look like much, and in fact is dirty and the solid pro opportunities are limited. Eyeball this first pitch closely to see if you're comfortable leading with minimal pro (probably goes at 5.6 depending on how creative you are with routefinding).
If you do, you'll be rewarded with the excellent final two pitches:
P2 has the crux - a thoughtful stem-left, then mantle sequence through the route's sole roof. After gaining the belay, P3 is an excellent, non-grunty chimney with great stem rests & pro, and several options for tackling its vertical.
If P1 were as good as P2 and P3, it might deserve four stars for the sheer fun and solid pro.
Rap the route via fixed bolts. A great afternoon multi in Gallatin Canyon if you get a late start or are looking for a mellower day, since it requires less approach hiking that most of the routes on the adjacent formations.
Rap the route via fixed anchors (look for traffic below before going, especially on the first rap).
Medium-to-wide gear. Bolted anchors.
Pitch 2- Heading to R side of the roof
Making the way up to the end of the first pitch.
By Dana Prosser
Aug 18, 2013
Pitch 3 is the crux. No wide gear needed, standard rack up to a #3 camalot
By Greg Sievers
From: Bozeman, MT
Jul 13, 2015
the raps can be done with one 60m rope, but its close. and the last rap to the ground will leave you about 5' off the floor with an easy scramble down a couple moves.
By Eli B.
Apr 17, 2016
Pitch two might be my favorite pitch in the canyon. Pitch 3 is stout 5.8, lots of fun as well. Nice bolted anchors at the top of every pitch. Decent via rappel is much easier than walking off. Great climb.