Type: Trad, 160 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Joe Collins on Sep 5, 2003
Admins: Peter Gram, Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson

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Access Issue: June Voluntary Climbing Closure and Seasonal Raptor Closure Details

Description

One of three must-do routes in the Belle Fourche Buttress area... an excellent hang-out on hot afternoons. This climb follows the left facing dihedral of the buttress. I can't tell the difference between a 5.9 or 5.11a crux a lot of times at the Tower, but this one felt kind of burly.

More varied than your typical Tower pitch, this pitch covers a lot of different techniques in pulling a series of bulges. The climb really gets going at about the 40' foot mark, with tips around a slight leftward jog in the dihedral followed by thin fingers over a bulge. A similar section immediately follows on thin hands over another bulge. The crack then turns to lower angled wide hands leading up to an easier-than-it-looks exit.

Double rope rap from the anchors at the top of the pitch.

Protection

Full rack. Cams up to #3.5 friend.

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