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Beer Barrel Arete S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Broken Keg Blues S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
School Daze S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Unknown S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Elevation: 4,828 ft
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Shared By: Adam Pankratz on Jan 31, 2016 with updates from Bryan Gartland
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Description

A great practice slab with an easy approach and small variety of climbs. Many of the sport routes are easily top roped by accessing the anchors from the north of the rock formation.

Getting There

Continue on Sheep Mountain Road past the turn off for the main parking area. You will get to an intersection where the main road turns left (North) and a private drive continues straight (East). Turn right here onto a two track and park. The crag is located a short 100 yard walk to the south.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hay Stack Rock

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Broken Keg Blues
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Broken Keg Blues
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
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Bryan Gartland
Helena, MT
Bryan Gartland   Helena, MT
Good beginner area with virtually no approach.

In addition to the climbs detailed here, there are at least three sets of toprope anchors (only hangers, no chains) which can be accessed via the easy third class scramble that starts in the notch below the east side of the crag, just above the parking. They are all generally located on the large, sloping ledge/ramp that wraps around the east and south aspects of Hay Stack.

The first set is off to the right after gaining the slab. It is situated above a fun little hand crack located on the north face (5.8) and makes for a good intro to jamming.

The second set is just left (east) of the anchors for School Daze above the southeast face. The third set is towards the west side of the ledge and serves the large, south-facing broken face between School Daze and Broken Keg Blues. These climbs are nothing special but are worth throwing some ropes on if a large group is present.

On the central north face are some fun cracks in the 5.10 range that rise up out of a cozy alcove. These climbs are referenced in the Mergenthaler book. Build your own anchors. Between the alcove and the 5.8 hand crack mentioned above is a newer hybrid climb that starts in a steep and clean hand to finger crack and finishes on a bolted face. It checks in around 5.9 or 5.10 and also requires a gear anchor. Jun 16, 2016

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