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Elevation: 5,881 ft 1,793 m
GPS: 45.41763, -111.23067
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Shared By: Matt Wenger on Feb 19, 2018
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Description Suggest change

This area is the east side of the Gallatin River of what is generally referred to as “The Canyon”. The bulk to the beautiful gneiss rock formations are found here. Area classics such as Skyline, Spare Rib, Diesel Driver, Pineapple Thunderpussy, and The Waltz are all found in this area.

If you want the highest concentration of great climbs, get an early start and make the ~40 minute hike up to Skyline and Sparerib areas. You won't be disappointed!

Getting There Suggest change

Driving south on Hwy 191 from Four Corners, park just after the “35 mph” bridge, which is about 9.5 miles south of the canyon entrance and just across the river from the Lava Lake trailhead (13 miles from Big Sky stoplight). Cross under the bridge heading north and back up onto the two track, and cut up and right into the woods when the two track ends. Continue along the river for a little under a half mile, and back up into the woods. You will come to an obvious fork in the trail. Left takes you to the Waltz, Pineapple, and Watchtower buttresses. Right takes you towards Blackline, Skyline and Sparerib buttresses.

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Classic Climbing Routes at East Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 200
Skyline Arete
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 231
Sparerib
Trad 2 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 56
Fire Escape
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 79
Pineapple Thunderpussy
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 80
Diesel Driver
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 79
Black Line
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 25
Lacy Panties
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 34
Too Hot to Tango
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 19
Sky King
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 19
Stigmata
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 39
The Fugitive
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 17
Songline
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 18
Rusty Nail
Trad
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 18
Paint Hearted Easel Driver
Sport
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c R
 8
Der Fruh Lowe
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Skyline Arete Skyline Buttress > Skyline North
 200
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
Sparerib Sparerib Area
 231
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Fire Escape Fish Face
 56
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Pineapple Thunderpussy Pineapple Buttress
 79
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Diesel Driver Black Line Buttress
 80
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Black Line Black Line Buttress
 79
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Lacy Panties Black Line Buttress
 25
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Too Hot to Tango Waltz Formation
 34
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Sky King Skyline Buttress > Skyline North
 19
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Stigmata Skyline Buttress > Skyline North
 19
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
The Fugitive Tango Tower
 39
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Songline Wafer
 17
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Rusty Nail Skyline Buttress > Skyline North
 18
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad
Paint Hearted Easel Driver Tango Tower
 18
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
Der Fruh Lowe Skyline Buttress > Skyline North
 8
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c R Trad
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