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Routes in Big Creek/McCalla Ridge

Cold-Shut Rodeo S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Crack Town T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Cream Wheat on Toast S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Fun-Town S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
GB Packers Crack T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Grandpa Dale S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Kablamskies! S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Meat Stick S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Off-Campus House Party T,TR 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Quail Milk S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
ScarredFace S,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Seamstress , The S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Zinger S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
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Elevation: 5,312 ft
GPS: 46.469, -114.201 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Michael Lee Moore on Jun 6, 2017
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Big Creek is an out of the way crag with some stellar routes. There's not much history available about the development here, but the rock is bomber, with cracks, thin crimping and some slab. Grades range from a sandbagged 5.8 to 5.12. The area is higher than most Bitterroot cragging spots and is often breezy. It has mostly south and west-facing aspects

Getting There

Out of Missoula, take highway 93 south past Stevensville. You'll be looking for a right turn on St. Mary's Peak Road, which comes up after you've crossed over McCalla Creek. Take St. Mary's for 2.1 miles, then turn right. There's a Forest Service hiking sign on this road, but currently no other marking. Drive about 3/4 of a mile to a fork, and go left. This is FS road #1319 and used to be marked as McCalla Creek/Ridge road. Take this for just over four miles, bearing left. The traditional approach comes right before you switchback right (again) and have your second view up the Big Creek canyon. Look left for a faint trail that heads slightly uphill and walk 5-10 minutes. You'll then encounter a steep, loose trail down to the crags. A second approach starts a couple of turns below, where the road turns sharply right and there's a pullout area often used as a shooting range. A small dirt track starts uphill from this area and you should head west into the woods just as the dirt tracks starts to climb. This approach is easier, with less scree scrambling.

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5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Fun-Town 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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Kurt HR Krueger
Missoula, MT
Kurt HR Krueger   Missoula, MT
Talked it over with Michael and am going with the name GB Packers Crack for the 5.8 (?) crack/face. This is to continue the theme at Mill, Rattler and Maiden (as soon as Eric can find the route on the west side). This also continues the idea from the mid 80's where I had a business naming climbs for people who couldn't come up with names by themselves (see CLIMBING - Issue 75 Letters - all by me - you have to go thru them to dig it up). Jun 6, 2017
Michael Lee Moore
Missoula, MT
Michael Lee Moore   Missoula, MT
There are at least 20 routes here, but it's hard to find much information about them. There are two distinct buttresses, referred to on as First and Second Buttresses. The first is the higher of the two. Numerous routes are spread across a couple of formations on the First Buttress, with a mix of trad and mostly sport lines. The climbing ranges from a tough 5.8 (not!) that starts with a crack before moving left onto a face to hard, 5.12 slab. That 5.8 shares an anchor with two crimping routes in the 5.10c range. Toprope the middle between those two routes for a techy 5.11 now dubbed Split the Baby. Those routes face west on brilliant orange rock, while the 8 faces south. On this buttress, there are climbs historically named Jimmy the Toe (10c) and Fire in the Sky (11b), but we are unclear which routes those names are attached to

On the face right of these climbs, there is a slabby 9, two harder 10s and a .12 on a blunt arete. The names of these routes seem mostly unknown, though perhaps someone will chime in here with more information. This area was damaged by rockfall two years ago and the climbing is significantly harder on the 9, which moves up a scooped, smooth face.

Information about the Second Buttress is scarce, but there are several trad lines, and several sets of anchors on this lower buttress. Jun 6, 2017

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