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Humbug Spires

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Humbug Spires  


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 45.7431, -112.6708 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ben R on Oct 26, 2010
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Hailey climbing some boulders at the base.

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Description 

The Humbug Spires contain excellent climbing on white granite of the Boulder Batholith. The main attraction here is the largest spire in the area, The Wedge. It is around 500 feet tall and requires 5.8 climbing to reach the summit. Consult Randall Green's Rock Climbing Montana or Butte's Climbing Guide by Dwight Bishop for further information.

Getting There 

The Humbug Spires are located in Silver Bow County in southwestern Montana, approximately 24 miles south of Butte and 36 miles north of Dillon. They are on the edge of the Big Hole River Valley between the Highland Mountains and the Pioneer Mountains. This area is accessible by graded road from Interstate Highway 15.

Turn off I-15 at Moose Creek Exit #99 and follow the graded Moose Creek Road for about 3 miles to the parking lot. Driving time from Butte or Dillon is about 45 minutes.


Climbing Season



Weather station 7.6 miles from here

3 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Humbug Spires:
Southwest Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 450'   
The Mutt and Jeff   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   
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Topo from the base of the Mutt and Jeff and the So...

Southwest Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  MT : Humbug Spires
This fantastic route is another one of the classics out at Humbug Spires. This climb has jamming to face climbing to offwidthing to chimneying in 5 pitches. While no move is harder than 5.8 the route is rather sustained in nature and packs a bit of a punch. Shares the first pitch with the also excellent Mutt and Jeff. Pitch 1 - 5.7 Climb the flake aiming towards the two side by side bolts. Marvel at how unlikely it is that the 1/4 pinhead bolt will actually hold as you traverse into th...[more]   Browse More Classics in MT

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The Mutt and Jeff
The Mutt and Jeff
Fairly Soft Rock but pretty solid.  Place a piece ...
BETA PHOTO: Fairly Soft Rock but pretty solid. Place a piece ...
the wedge looking ominous
the wedge looking ominous
looking up at The Wedge
looking up at The Wedge
Alex climbing the wedge's southwest route if I rem...
Alex climbing the wedge's southwest route if I rem...
The Wedge from the approach - although I always th...
The Wedge from the approach - although I always th...

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By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
Mar 22, 2011
The original location of many of the dirty sox clubs exploits. There are some great reads on it if you google dirty sox club.
By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
Jun 10, 2013
Video I made of the Mutt and Jeff