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Death Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 43.654, -110.809 View Map  Incorrect?
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Kayte D 'Escaping from Death'


Death Canyon offers the highest concentration of pure rock climbing routes in the Tetons. It also has a relatively short approach (60 to 90 minutes) for most of the routes - an added bonus in an area of epic approaches.

This canyon is simply stunning. It is framed on both sides by giant rock walls with a beautiful creek cascading down the middle. The approach goes quickly with the great views!

Water is available via the creek after 2.5 miles on the trail.

Getting There 

Directly across from the Moose Visitor Center, make a left onto Moose-Wilson road. Make a right onto a dirt road after about 10 minutes. Follow this road to the Death Canyon trailhead.

From the trailhead, hike past Phelps Lake and into the canyon. Follow the trail for 2-3 miles depending upon your destination.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Death Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Death Canyon:
Dihedral of Horrors   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'   Omega Buttress
Annals of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 350'   Omega Buttress
The Snaz   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, Grade IV   Cathedral Buttress
Aerial Boundaries   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   Cathedral Buttress
Caveat Emptor   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Cathedral Buttress
Sunshine Daydream   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1000'   Cathedral Buttress
Omega Crack   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 2 pitches   Omega Buttress
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Dihedral of Horrors 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Wyoming : Grand Teton National Park : ... : Omega Buttress
Another fun Omega Buttress diversion, though fuller value than Annals of Time. A great day involves climbing Dihedral of Horrors, then rapping in from a tree to Annals of Time's final crux pitch. P1: 200', 5.7R: Same as for Annals of TimeP2: short, 5.9: Move to the right end of the broad ledge and climb a short dihedral with a 5.9 move into easier terrain, trending right for the obvious dihedral.P3: 120', 5.9: Full value! A powerful lieback up a flake (3" piece is great!) brings you into an aweso...[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

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