|By Ben Read |
Jun 30, 2014
You'll be in a pretty killer area actually, especially for long trad climbs. There's a lifetime of climbing within an hour of Sandpoint, I suggest taking a drive up Pack River Rd for a real eye opener. Chimney Rock has a ton of classics, it sits on an extremely exposed ridge line overlooking Priest Lake and the Pack River Valley. Lions Head, a bit further down the crest offers some harder 6 pitch climbs on a 800ft face at 7000' elevation. Harrsion Peak, Silver Dollar, Gunsight, Myrtles Turtle Dome all offer established multi pitch trad routes. Not to mention the acres upon acres of unclimbed granite slabs all around them. The Beehive Dome offers a fun 5th class to 5.7 simul-climb or solo, it's 1200' of snow polished granite with a 20 min approach. All these within an 45 mins to an hour from Sandpoint, definitely recommended you do some exploring. LaClede has a nice little crag that offers a pretty good selection of sport routes and a few good trad lines. About 30 mins out of Sandpoint and right off the highway. I live local and climb in the alpine as often as work allows. Shoot me an email if you end up in need of a partner.