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Black Line 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 115'
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Doug Randall, John Kravetz FFA: Terry Kennedy, Jim Kanzler 1977
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Submitted By: Nick Stayner on Aug 1, 2007

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Trevor Bowman on Black Line. July 2008


A beautiful line, one of the best in the Bozone. Sustained crack movement! Somewhat pumpy...
After busting the "5.7" traverse at the top (I thought it was a bit harder!), you can continue up a grungy 5.7 crack to the top of the buttress, or take a newer, 5.9 bolted finish which is a bit more direct.


The route is near the left end of Black Line's south face. It's the obvious crack.


Take a wide range of gear from blue TCUs to hand sized cams. A larger piece (#3 camalot?) is useful for the traverse. Protect intelligently here to alleviate drag on the last bit (especially if doing the 5.9 bolted finish).

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By Tim Wolfe
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 28, 2010
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Classic crack climbing. Pumpy. A route I have to do every time I return to the Gallatin
By Dana Prosser
From: Boulder
Aug 18, 2013

Nice route that protects very well!
By Nate K
From: Las Vegas, NV
Oct 12, 2014
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

This really might be the best 5.10 in the bozeman area. Bring gear to #3 offsets are useful but not essential. Pro is great on this one

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