Fat Man's Reunion
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An area classic and considered to be one of the better climbs of its grade in the region, this climbs up the prominent low-angle checkerboarded face visible from the road, passing jugs, the occasional crack and horizontal seam, and plenty of patina flakes reminiscent of places like City of Rocks on solid stone. Continuous and aesthetic movement and great holds the whole way up. Super enjoyable.
There is the option for a second pitch. It sees far less traffic, checks in at ledgy 5.5, and adds another 15-20 meters or so. Walk off from the top of either pitch, or double rope rap the first.
Look uphill from Greek Creek and you can't miss it. The only prominent crag on the hill northwest of the campground.
If you choose to lead it on sport, this has recently been fully bolted with shiny new hardware. 8 (if I remember) bolts to crisp chains.
On gear, if you are willing to stray somewhat from the boltline, pro is very reasonable and ranges from small to medium nuts up to about a #1-#2 camalot. Great as a trad lead for beginners because if at any point you feel sketched you can just clip a bolt!
By Tommy Bass
Mar 20, 2017
Note: maybe this would make a good SwMCC trail clean-up project for 2017. See old comment by R.D.T. (10.10.15).
By Ryan Day Thompson
From: Big Sky, Montana
Oct 10, 2015
I'm a touch concerned about the maze of trails and erosion. It appears everyone takes a little different route to the base. I wonder if there's a way to get a more defined and marked trail...would some trail work be acceptable?