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Crew Crag Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,900'
Location: 45.5931, -111.5683 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ty Morrison-Heath on Jan 31, 2012


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BETA PHOTO: The Crew Crag From the Road


Along the Bear Trap road this crag has a short approach and some really fun routes! It can be rather windy so bring your wind gear. It has been done in mid-January with the right weather. A very pretty setting right along Madison River makes this just a nice place to be.

Getting There 

From Bozeman head west on Highway 84 (towards 4 Corners) until you reach the turn off for Bear Trap (20.6 miles from intersection of 84 and 191). Take a left just before the bridge to get onto the access road for Bear Trap. Head 1.2 miles down this dirt road until you reach a small pull through turnout on the left side of the road. The climbs are up above this. At this time there is a white rope hanging that allows you to ascend the 20ish foot cliff up to the start of the climb.

Climbing Season

For the Madison River Area area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Crew Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crew Crag:
Balance of Power   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   
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Featured Route For Crew Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo for Balance of Power

Balance of Power 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Montana : Madison River Area : Crew Crag
A great route that requires three mini roof pulls. One of the longer single pitch climbs in the area. Bring slings and think about your clips to avoid rope drag. A 70 meter rope will leave you about 3 feet above the ground on the rappel. If you have a shorter rope there is an intermediate anchor about 5/8's of the way down. Pro-Tip: If you rap with a 70 you can use the intermediate anchor to allow you to rap all the way down to the scree field, thus avoiding the chossy downclimb of the chu...[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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By Bryan Gartland
From: Helena, MT
Aug 28, 2014
In 1998 or thereabouts Chris Kurowski and I topped out on the right-facing book just left of "Balance of Power". It went at 5.8 or 5.9, was fairly dirty, but is a worthy adventure route if you're looking for something new to do on the Madison.

The short tower-esque formation downhill and to the right (south) of this buttress also hosts a fun little gear climb in the 5.7 range that finishes on a splitter crack, by Montana standards…

I'm psyched to check out "Balance" sometime in the future. Thanks for the addition.

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