Mixed Shade, lots of bugs, gorgeous drainage.....
There are about seven routes on the wall. I could not find the names of these routes anywhere. I am putting this to give you what I know so this area can get more climbers.
Honestly the reason this area is not climbed in much is that the routes are awkward and there is better climbing just a few miles down the road at Kootenai.
10 draws should be enough for this area.
Head South on highway 93 from missoula for around 30 miles or so. Park at the Bass creek trailhead. Once you past the big rock on your right with the creek on your left your almost there. Look over to your right its not a very big wall it has maybe 7 routes.
This is the first climbable drainage down the Bitterroot. five minutes down the trail on your right. 1 minute scramble up scree.
Approach time: 5 minutes
6 Total Routes
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Featured Route For Bass Creek
Ballet Zone 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a MT
: Bass Creek
Work up the leftmost chimney, the top of which you should protect with a nut. The first bolt is on the left face of the crag, about 35 ft off the ground. Climb the arete past the first and second bolts, and protect the obvious down-and-to-the-right slanting crack below the third bolt with a medium sized nut. An easy mantle after the 3rd bolt gains the chains.Descent: Abseil or walk off (walk off goes up the hill a bit, then to the left--there's a decent trail)....[more] Browse More Classics in MT
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|By Christopher Allan|
From: Bozeman, MT
May 13, 2013
This crag has six routes: three mixed, two sport, and one trad. Everything has chains at the top, with the exception of "Bombay Boogie."
The approach is a mellow 10 minute hike on a well-maintained trail, then about 50 yards up a looser dirt trail.
The rock is a little slick, being covered in lichen, but for the most part, the routes are clean, well-protected and worth doing at least once.
Please contact the Admins if you know any of the original names of these routes. I haven't been able to find any beta on them anywhere, and would love to give credit to the people who bolted and FA'd.
|By Josh Kornish|
Jun 10, 2013
Christopher (Wiley) I would recommend not blogging about your experience and taking up valuable space on MP.
These routes all have names and I don't mind posting correct information.
It's great that you are submitting routes but as a very basic rule at least climb the route before you add any content.
|By Josh Kornish|
Jun 10, 2013
Here are the correct route names with the correct grades.
The crag is called the "Dance Crag"
The chimney is called 'Bombay Boogie' 5.7
manky unnecessary bolt before entering chimney where finger to hand size cams. For now you can lower off the bolt midway.
The route just to the right with the small roof
Waltz to Hands 5.9
The supposed sketch lay back route is "Bop 'Till You Drop" 5.10. I don't recall any issues with too thin of chains.
The route furthest to the left on the west facing aspect is called "Ballet Zone" 5.9
there is a 5.10 variation called "Ragtime" that climbs left and up from the first to second bolt.
The route furthest to the right is called "Flashdance" 5.8