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Towering walls of choss line the lower reaches of the canyon along the drive into the trailhead; there are very few appealing prospects and most will wisely continue on to the good rock up the trail. However, these crumbling bands do yield some unique formations with wild gargoyle ridges, arches, and shallow caves.
Follow the driving directions for the main canyon in the overview. This area is simply a catch-all for anything found before the trailhead.
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Road Warrior 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a WY : Tongue River Canyon : Lower Canyon Bands
This dramatically overhanging splitter crack is an anomaly for the area and presents a unique challenge. It offers steep jamming (mostly perfect hands) and some great jugs and horizontal rails. It's steep and pumpy from the start, but the horizontal roof at 2/3 height is the crux and requires some savvy sequencing and body english. Once you pull around the roof finish up a vertical face on good pockets and edges. A physical outing with splendid variety that climbs very well! However...since this...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
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