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Areas in Kootenai Canyon

Booty Buttress 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Diving Board Wall 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
First Buttress 6 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28
Identity Wall 10 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Outermost Limits 7 / 6 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Second Buttress 3 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Shuffle Buttress 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Sick Bay 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Access Issue: Private Property 1st half mile Details

Description

Granite sport and trad climbing, mostly single pitch but some multipitch too. Routes range from 5.6 to 5.13, and everything from crack climbing to steep roofs.This is the closest crag to Missoula and has very short approaches, nothing over 15 mins. The south side of the canyon is shady in the summer, the north side can get very hot. Something climbable in most seasons.

Getting There

Take highway 93 south out of Missoula for about 25. Just before entering Stevensville take a right on Kootenai creek road. Follow this for a few miles to the trailhead parking lot. The main trail is located on the north side of the canyon. Most crags are on the north side, except outermost limits and booty buttress. Find the trails heading up from the main trail to get to the climbs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Kootenai Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 25
Classic Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 20
The Corner
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Outermost Limits
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 30
Pleasant Surprise
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 19
Sleeping Beauty
Trad, Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
11th Commandment
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 22
Flying Time
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 20
The Tempest
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
Dude ranch
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 9
Dude
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 9
A Rockwork Orange
Trad, Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 18
Venus De Milo
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 14
Club Foot
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 5
The Cowboy Ejector Seat
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 3
Off The Rails
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Classic Crack Identity Wall
 25
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Corner First Buttress
 20
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Outermost Limits Outermost Limits
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Pleasant Surprise Second Buttress
 30
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Sleeping Beauty Outermost Limits
 19
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport, TR
11th Commandment First Buttress
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Flying Time Second Buttress
 22
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Tempest First Buttress
 20
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Dude ranch Identity Wall
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Dude Identity Wall
 9
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
A Rockwork Orange First Buttress
 9
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Venus De Milo Second Buttress
 18
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Club Foot Sick Bay
 14
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
The Cowboy Ejector Seat First Buttress
 5
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Off The Rails First Buttress
 3
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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Kurt HR Krueger
Missoula, MT
Kurt HR Krueger   Missoula, MT
Just added a welded cold shut to an empty stud on Moses. I have another top anchor with 2 empty studs over at Drummond to put either chains or welded cold shuts on. Anyway, wrote in the Butte guidebook in wrote about the missing bolt hangers. At Mulkey Tower on the first bolt on LINK-UP I put a welded cold shut on a empty stud about a dozen years ago. It is still there. Anyway, if you are stealing bolt hangers for your routes I wouldn't take the welded cold shuts, use them on bolts and then publish your name on a first ascent. As best of what I have seen, I'm the only one replacing stolen bolt hangers with welded cold shut so it will be pretty obvious you are the thief if a welded cold shut is used. Or if we record who climb every route in Western Montana and don't every find your name on the routes with welded cold shuts - we will know who did it. Oct 2, 2017

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