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Elevation: 6,326 ft
GPS: 38.00828, -109.58715
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A good area with a nice variety of climbs. Although somewhat remote, the climbing quality, concentration, and difficulty insures that this areas still sees a good amount of traffic. Most climbs reside in the 10+ range with a few 5.11 classics.

The buttress faces west and as a result gets good sun later in the day. With proper timing it's a good choice on both hot or cold days.

Getting There Suggest change

From the Hwy 211/Beef Basin road junction head south several miles until you encounter a fence and cattle guard. A few hundred yards past this (the *second* road on the left) look for a well-maintained road that angles back to the northeast.

Take this road through an active creek (good 2WD's can make it) past the cottonwoods to another road junction. Turn right and go about a mile until you are directly under the point of the buttress where it starts to jut back east. Pull off the road and park. Road improvements in the past several years have trivialized the drive and taken a large chunk off the approach.

Find a cairned trail that follows a shallow wash (please take a second to find it!) and then up the talus to the base. From here, climbs fan out to either side, but take a topo or a knowledgable friend as very few plaques exist.

54 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pistol Whipped

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 184
Skidmarks
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 401
Jolly Rancher
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 129
Dusty Trails to Nowhere
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5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 230
Wounded Knee
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5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 116
Revenge of the Rock Gods
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 36
Girls Just Wanna Have Guns
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 260
Coyne Crack Simulator
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 345
Spaghetti Western
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 14
Unnamed 5.11 at top of trail
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 177
Sig Sauer
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 22
Pistol Whipped
Trad 3 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Kelley Route 14
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5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 55
Yehaw
Trad
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 14
Nathan Martin
Trad
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 18
Fairy Tales
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Skidmarks
 184
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Jolly Rancher
 401
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Dusty Trails to Nowhere
 129
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Wounded Knee
 230
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Revenge of the Rock Gods
 116
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Girls Just Wanna Have Guns
 36
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Coyne Crack Simulator
 260
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Spaghetti Western
 345
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Unnamed 5.11 at top of trail
 14
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Sig Sauer
 177
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Pistol Whipped
 22
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 3 pitches
Kelley Route 14
 4
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Yehaw
 55
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
Nathan Martin
 14
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Trad
Fairy Tales
 18
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Trad
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