Routes in The Sweat Lodge
|Ghost Dance S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a|
|Indian Giver S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a|
|Medicine Wheel S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a|
|Peace Pipe S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Plastic Shaman, The S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a|
|Skin Walker S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a|
|Sun Dance S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Trail of Tears S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b|
|Training Wheels S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c|
|Whiskey Drunk S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|GPS:||42.641, -108.76 Google Map · Climbing Map|
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|Shared By:||Tom Rangitsch on Apr 22, 2016|
DescriptionThe Sweat Lodge is a small area in the canyon of the Little PoPo Agie River. It was formed by a massive dolomite flake that has fallen off and is wedged against the main cliff band. It forms an "A-frame" with climbing both on the steep sheltered wall of the flake and on the main formation behind. It is always shady inside the cave. That stated it does get hot in the summer as the crag acts like an oven and without wind it can get stifling inside.
There are only about 15 routes here and it can be kind of a shit show with more than 6-8 climbers. The good climbing starts at 12c and quickly goes up from there. Expect pumpy pocket pulling and crimping. The routes are mostly power endurance type affairs.
I was fortunate enough to discover this crag in 2010 and most of the climbs were established that season. It is a unique place and an awesome hangout. Please be cognizant of your tape, chalk, and other trash as you are basically inside a room while climbing here. In the short time that climbers have been visiting this area it has already become an issue.
Classics include Whiskey Drunk (12c), Training Wheels (13b), Ghost Dance (13c), and the Plastic Shaman (14a).
road closed in Spring, depending on conditions Details
In fall of 2015, the forest service installed a gate that effectively closes access to the climbing in the Little Popo Agie canyon, including the Sweat Lodge, The Strawberry Roan, and Wolf Point. Spring run off creates a situation where vehicular traffic severely degrades the road. There are a couple of riparian areas that have been adversely effected by trucks and four wheelers. Local climbers and the Access Fund are working on a long term solution to this problem, but for the foreseeable future the road is closed. The forest service has assured us that the closure will only last as long as poor conditions persist.
Getting ThereTake Limestone Mountain Road (which is the access to Wild Iris). Drive straight, passing the right turn to the main parking lot. Also pass the parking for the Aspen glades. Continue for several miles. You eventually go down some switch backs and will see the Pass Creek cabin turn off on your left (private access to some cabins). About another mile further take the left turn at a "T" intersection. The road gets significantly less good here. Another half mile leads to the mouth of the Little Popo Agie canyon. Park on the left just before the road crosses Pass Creek. There is a sign for Pass Creek to the left and the hike to the cliff starts right there. Follow this trail for about 20 minutes, staying near the river bed for the first half, then gaining some elevation to eventually end at the crag.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Sweat Lodge
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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