REI Community
Gallatin Tower
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Bowling for Buicks S 
Dagger, The T 
First Best T 
Generation X T,S 
Guide Route T 
India Ink T,S 
Innocent Bystandard S 
Orange Crack T 
Soft in the Middle T,S 
Spare Tire T,S 
Standard Route T 
Standard Route Direct Finish T 
Ten Pin S 
Thing In Between T 
Tigger T 
Top Heavy T,S 

Orange Crack 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Jim Kanzler, Pat Callis '72. FFA Kanzler, Terry Kennedy '77
Page Views: 3,417
Submitted By: Nick Stayner on Apr 17, 2007

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (27)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Lena Topping out on Orange Crack


Enjoyable full-length route, though the first pitch is fun on its own, too.
p.1- Scramble up to a crack/corner, then up some more face climbing to an "offwidth" crack with a few faceholds. Climb it, and build a belay on a ledge beneath a roof. From here, you can walk off the ledge to the right. 5.9, ~80'.
p.2- Angle up and out the roof to the left, using a thin crack. Climb up a much easier face to meet the large ledge beneath the Standard Route's final pitches. Natural belay here. 5.11, ~120'.
p.3- Choose one of the Standard Route's final pitches. End on top at chains. 5.7-5.9, ~100'.


Locate the start near the right end of the tower's base. Descend via the rappels described in the Standard Route description.


Take a 3.5 or 4 camalot for the wide crack on pitch one. Thin gear (TCUs or tiny camalots) protect the second pitch.

Photos of Orange Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Beta photo.  The top may actually follow a slightl...
BETA PHOTO: Beta photo. The top may actually follow a slightl...

Comments on Orange Crack Add Comment
Show which comments
By EChristensen
From: Bozeman
Jul 23, 2009

There are two bolts with beefy rap rings on top of the first pitch. For some reason the bolts were places within an inch or two of each other. Also, the first pitch pretty much a full 100ft. You can just TR Orange Crack and Tigger from the anchors with a 60m rope, but a 50m wouldn't be long enough for top roping.
By B-Mkll Mackall
From: Bozeman, MT
Jun 24, 2015

First pitch has some of the better crack climbing in the canyon IMO. Lots of varied movement. Very nice.
By CCChanceR Ronemus
From: Bozeman, MT
Sep 3, 2016
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

I think Gen-x is a better second pitch than the .11 roof. The roof is like 10 feet of good .11 climbing until you get to kind of boring 5.6 traversing on an easy slab.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About