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Areas in West Side

Cube, The 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Dregs, The 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Gallatin Tower 14 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Elevation: 5,806 ft
GPS: 45.416, -111.234 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

The is the west side of the river of what is generally referred to as “The Canyon”, which is predominantly trad climbing on quality gneiss. Far less climbing here than the east side, but the gneiss that is exposed here includes the beautiful Gallatin Tower and The Cube.

One important note about the Gallatin Gneiss is that it tends to be rated much harder than almost every other location in the US that uses the YDS. Start a few levels below your normal grades to get a feel for it. The Gallatin (mostly the East side of the river) also has a reputation for routes with "tricky" gear. Offset cams and stoppers are useful. Do not let this discourage you, just start easier than normal to get used to it! Have fun!

Getting There

Driving south on Hwy 191 from Four Corners, drive about 9 miles from the canyon entrance (~14 miles north of the stoplight in Big Sky), and park in the dirt pull out almost directly underneath the prominent Gallatin Tower.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 27
Guide Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 51
The Dagger
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 133
Standard Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 56
Thing In Between
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 13
Generation X
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 21
Standard Route Direct Finish
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 54
First Best
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 62
Tigger
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 35
Spare Tire
Trad, Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 37
Orange Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 36
Soft in the Middle
Trad, Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 35
Bowling for Buicks
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 18
Uber Ass
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 6
Straw Man
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 3
Forbidden Fruit
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Guide Route Gallatin Tower
 27
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
The Dagger Gallatin Tower
 51
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Standard Route Gallatin Tower
 133
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Thing In Between Gallatin Tower
 56
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Generation X Gallatin Tower
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Standard Route Direct Finish Gallatin Tower
 21
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
First Best Gallatin Tower
 54
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Tigger Gallatin Tower
 62
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Spare Tire Gallatin Tower
 35
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Orange Crack Gallatin Tower
 37
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 3 pitches
Soft in the Middle Gallatin Tower
 36
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Bowling for Buicks Gallatin Tower
 35
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Uber Ass Cube
 18
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Straw Man Cube
 6
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Forbidden Fruit Cube
 3
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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