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Ballet Zone T,S 
Bombay Boogie T,S 
Bop 'Till You Drop S 
Flashdance T,S 
Russian Ballet T 
Waltz to Hands S 
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Dirt road climb to the upper Buttercup trailhead. Near Hamilton, Montana
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Bass Creek Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,300'
Location: 46.5754, -114.1384 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: 54321 on Jul 20, 2011


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Mixed Shade, lots of bugs, gorgeous drainage.....

There are about seven routes on the wall. I could not find the names of these routes anywhere. I am putting this to give you what I know so this area can get more climbers.

Honestly the reason this area is not climbed in much is that the routes are awkward and there is better climbing just a few miles down the road at Kootenai.

10 draws should be enough for this area.

Getting There 

Head South on highway 93 from missoula for around 30 miles or so. Park at the Bass creek trailhead. Once you past the big rock on your right with the creek on your left your almost there. Look over to your right its not a very big wall it has maybe 7 routes.

This is the first climbable drainage down the Bitterroot. five minutes down the trail on your right. 1 minute scramble up scree.

Approach time: 5 minutes

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bass Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bass Creek:
Waltz to Hands   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Ballet Zone   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Bass Creek

Waltz to Hands 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Montana : Bass Creek
Interesting, enjoyable start gets you up the heel-hookable roof. A bomber hand-sized horizontal crack above the first bolt gains you the face, which boasts slopers and underclings to the chains....[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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By Josh Kornish
Jun 10, 2013
Here are the correct route names with the correct grades.

The crag is called the "Dance Crag"

The chimney is called 'Bombay Boogie' 5.7

manky unnecessary bolt before entering chimney where finger to hand size cams. For now you can lower off the bolt midway.

The route just to the right with the small roof

Waltz to Hands 5.9

The supposed sketch lay back route is "Bop 'Till You Drop" 5.10. I don't recall any issues with too thin of chains.

The route furthest to the left on the west facing aspect is called "Ballet Zone" 5.9

there is a 5.10 variation called "Ragtime" that climbs left and up from the first to second bolt.

The route furthest to the right is called "Flashdance" 5.8
By thughes
Apr 1, 2017
The wall is 0.45 miles from the parking lot/trailhead. Also the trail up to the area is dirt. I didn't notice much scree near the climbing area.

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