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Tolle Route (aka Guide's Route) 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 450', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Unknown, 1970s
Season: late Spring-early Fall
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Submitted By: Andy Laakmann on Jul 13, 2006

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An enjoyable and non-threatening jaunt up the western portion of Rock Springs Buttress. The climbing is relatively straightforward, belays fixed, and the protection excellent - making this a fine introductory route on Rock Springs Buttress. As usual for this crag, there is still some loose rock around so use caution.

There are 5 bolted chain anchors on the route, so it is possible to do this climb in 5 pitches if desired, but it is comfortably done in 3 pitches if you skip the 2nd and 4th set of anchors (60m rope). The plethora of anchors makes rapping this route a breeze.

The pitches are described as I did them (skipping the 2nd and 4th set of anchors)

P1 - 50 feet, 5.6 - climb up broken rock and the occasional crack to fixed anchors on a nice ledge. These anchors are difficult to see from below, but they are directly below a huge, attractive corner system.

P2 - 125 feet, 5.7 - step right and into a long corner system. Continue past the first set of anchors until the crack disappears. Step right and into a hand crack that takes you to the next set of anchors on a sloping ledge.

P3 - 125 feet - 5.8 - step right and into a long corner system (detect a theme!). A cruxy area is encounter at a wide section. Pass the next set of chains and continue through two cruxy laybacking sections up and right to the finishing chains. You can do Blimpie as a harder variation to this final pitch. If you have a 70m rope, you can also rap down and TR Blimpie if you're not feeling like leading it.

Either rappel the route or scramble up and left back to the approach road.

NOTE: a 70m rope is required to rappel the route using the belays as described above. If you have any doubt, just use all the anchors!


When the approach trail hits the buttress below Monkey Flower, continue right passing Box Car Arete (a very obvious bolted arete). This climb starts up broken rock and aims for a ledge below a small roof. There are fixed anchors on this ledge, but they are difficult to see from below. Directly above the roof is a big, attractive corner system to can be used to help identify the route. If you cross under a big gully you've gone too far!


Nuts and 2 sets of cams from TCUs to #3 Camalot. Long slings helpful.

Photos of Tolle Route (aka Guide's Route) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Wendy finishing Pitch 2
Wendy finishing Pitch 2
Rock Climbing Photo: Maurice Horn following first pitch, belayed from s...
Maurice Horn following first pitch, belayed from s...
Rock Climbing Photo: This photo shows the route and approximate anchor ...
BETA PHOTO: This photo shows the route and approximate anchor ...

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By Andrew Carson
From: Wilson, WY
May 14, 2007

The route was originally known as the Right Dihedrals, with the Guide's Route, (or School Route), on the main Rock Springs Buttress, separated from this section of rock by a large gully.
Maurice Horn, shown in this photo, put up the first route on RSB in 1968. We continue to enjoy this formation year after year.
By Daniel Nelson
From: Jackson, WY
Oct 29, 2013

One of my favorite trad climbs in the teton area (more continuous quality climbing than guides wall in GTNP imo). Every pitch is quality rock and enjoyable. Undercling move on last pitch is spectacular. Nice to have copious bolted anchors as well.

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