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The Watchtower - First Tier Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Sarge on May 15, 2007  with updates from Matt Wenger


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Making the way up to the end of the first pitch.


This is one of the larger formations in the Gallatin Canyon. The rock quality is ok, mixed with some excellent rock. It's Montana so crowds are relative.

The main formation is split by a massive chimney dubbed the "Elevator Shaft." To the right of the shaft is the popular climb The Joker and the to left of the shaft is the popular climb Mother's Day This formation is a 2-tiered formation located north of Pineapple Buttress. This formation is the furthest north formation in the canyon. In general, it is possible to walk off either side of this formation but expect keen route finding skills for this choice.

Getting There 

To get there walk the Riverside Trail north from the parking lot. Hike like you are going to Pineapple buttress then veer left (north). You will then see and acquire the lower part of the Watchtower.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Watchtower - First Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Watchtower - First Tier:
Watchtower Standard Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   
Mothers Day   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   
The Joker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 3- full value 5.8

Watchtower Standard Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Montana : Gallatin Canyon : The Watchtower - First Tier
Between Dog Buttress and The Joker you'll find a solid flat spot to belay this route (all these routes are right of Mother's Day). The first pitch doesn't look like much, and in fact is dirty and the solid pro opportunities are limited. Eyeball this first pitch closely to see if you're comfortable leading with minimal pro (probably goes at 5.6 depending on how creative you are with routefinding).If you do, you'll be rewarded with the excellent final two pitches:P2 has the crux - a thoughtful s...[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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