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Fuzzy Navel S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mai-Tai TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Elevation: 4,406 ft
GPS: 46.486, -112.037 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Adam Pankratz on Jan 13, 2016 with updates
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Description

Small crag with (3) sets of anchors for top roping and one bolted sport route. The anchors are easily reached by scrambling up the back side of the formation. Great crag year round with a large amount of bouldering potential nearby. Routes range from 5.8-5.10d. Routes are 35 - 40 feet in height.

Getting There

Take the Clancy exit (#182) on I-15 a short drive south of Helena. Head west on Lump Gulch Road (Road to Park Lake) for approximately (3) miles. Turn right onto Sheep Mountain road. Happy hour is the first crag you see on your left approx. 75 yards or so in the trees.

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Bryan Gartland
Helena, MT
Bryan Gartland   Helena, MT
Happy Hour has somewhat of an access issue. Friends of mine have been approached by a nearby homeowner about trespassing while climbing there. The crag is clearly on BLM land but the approach is a little iffy (note the old fence). The question is whether the public road right-of-way covers the approach to the public ground, or not.

To keep things civil, please park at the pullout down the road (by the bridge and stupid realty sign) and walk a couple hundred yards up to the rock.

On a lighter note... Mai Tai, as shown in the Mergenthaler guide (up the NW arĂȘte) - not the north side crack in the photo here, is a sweet little jug haul. It takes decent gear in horizontals down low but is runout at the top. A bolt or two would make for a quality lead. Jan 15, 2016

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