Elevation: 4,515 ft
GPS: 44.59, -104.715 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Peter Gram on Jul 10, 2002 · Updates
Admins: Peter Gram, Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson
Access Issue: June Voluntary Climbing Closure and Seasonal Raptor Closure Details

Description

This approach leads to Durrance and surrounding cracks. Durrance is the most popular route on the tower, and it is usually crowded during summer months. This area also contains the Wiessner offwidth, Best Crack in Minnesota, Rangers are People Too, Pigeon English, etc. This area is primarily on the south side of the tower, so expect hot sun through most of the day.

Getting There

Take the trail east from the parking lot and then take a right at the junction a short distance away. Soon after, start heading toward the tower across the talus, taking the path of least resistence. This is also the start for the west face approaches. As you approach the tower, scramble up onto the southeast shoulder, and then depending on the route desired, follow this trail east around the tower. Durrance is located around the tower a ways, and starts near the location of the ramp for the south and east faces.

Durrance can also be reached by following the approach for the south/east faces until the start of the ramp. At this point, some scrambling/lower 5th class rock is required to get up to the base of the route and should probably be roped up.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Durrance Approach

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
 83
Bowling Alley- aka Durrance appr…
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 12
Sundance
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A2+
 3
Late for Dinner
Trad, Aid 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 701
Durrance
Trad 6 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 19
Wiessner
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 40
Pseudo- Wiessner
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 24
Rangers Are People Too
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Manifest Destiny
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 20
Fritz's Fantasy
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 9
P.O.T.C.
Trad 3 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 9
Lovely Liana
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 35
Direct Southwest
Trad 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Black-Jones Direct
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bowling Alley- aka Durrance…
 83
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Trad
Sundance
 12
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Late for Dinner
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A2+ Trad, Aid 2 pitches
Durrance
 701
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 6 pitches
Wiessner
 19
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Pseudo- Wiessner
 40
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Rangers Are People Too
 24
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Manifest Destiny
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Fritz's Fantasy
 20
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
P.O.T.C.
 9
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Lovely Liana
 9
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Direct Southwest
 35
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 3 pitches
Black-Jones Direct
 9
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
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