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Buffalo Crude T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Cowcatcher T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Last Resort, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Mare Frigoris T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c A1 R
Moonquakes T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a A1 X
Pipeline T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a PG13
Space Ghost T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b A0
Telstar T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Elevation: 10,402 ft
GPS: 42.755, -109.139 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Mark Dalen on Dec 29, 2011
Admins: Mike Snyder
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This is a compact horseshoe of walls and buttresses lying south of the North Fork of the Popo Agie about 12 miles in from Dickinson Park between Long Lake and Papoose Lake. Rock is generally high quality Wind River granite and the location secluded compared to the nearness of the Popo Agie. First routes were done in here in 1978/79 by personnel including: Mark Dalen, Mark Leonard, Dave Baltz, Dave Dahrling, Paul Horak and Mike Head.

Getting There

North of Lander, WY, turn into the Shoshone National Forest and follow service roads up to Dickinson Park. Trail climbs a shoulder to the east before dropping down to the Popo Agie following the river first south then curving west toward the Cirque of the Towers. Only one river crossing is required as long as the bridge is not taken that lies about 1 mile downriver of the turnoff to the Cirque of the Moon. Wander instead through dense forest on the south side of the river until boulders appear from the talus bench leading into the cirque (open sky will also be visible). Floor of the cirque is largely boulders and rubble (hence the name) but there is one patch of tundra that has supported up to 3 tents and which lies within a hundred yards of a tarn where water can be had.

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David Baltz
Albuquerque, New Mexico
David Baltz   Albuquerque, New Mexico
Except for one horrendously bad section of rock on the Cowcatcher, the rock quality in the Cirque of the Moon is exceptional. There is a single grassy camping spot in the entire cirque large enough for about two tents. The rest of the cirque is a boulder field. This area will not handle crowds! Jul 6, 2016
Don't forget your reservation fishing permit - the road to Dickinson Park passed through the reservation. Feb 29, 2016
Mark Dalen
Albuquerque, NM
Mark Dalen   Albuquerque, NM
The third buttress is a bit more fractured but there's a definite line on it. While you're at it check out the west side of Cowcatcher (directly across the canyon) - depending on rock quality there's a potential bodacious multi-pitch free climb there.... Sep 7, 2013
jayci   Flagstaff
I visited this area a few weeks ago. Pipeline looks awesome! I took a good look at the Third buttress of Tyco. It looks as good as alpine rock gets! Nice job! Sep 5, 2013
matt j hartman
Leavenworth WA
matt j hartman   Leavenworth WA
awesome May 31, 2013
Mark Dalen
Albuquerque, NM
Mark Dalen   Albuquerque, NM
Thanks J, glad you like it. Funny that it took 30 years for the forum to exist wherein these routes could be posted. Hopefully as some of the other ascensionists come to notice it the entry may be further 'fleshed out'. Certainly more and better photos can be had. The ones here are scanned prints of transparencies, that is to say, twice removed from the original images. And they are all I have after losing all my slides some years back. We always thought the area was worth some notice. It would be particularly nice to know if any of the routes have been repeated since their initial establishment in the late 70s.... Dec 31, 2011
J. Albers
J. Albers   Colorado
Great addition to MP; the old photos are sweet. Nice job Doc. Dec 30, 2011

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