Blodgett Canyon Climbing

Jul 6th 2009 — Blodgett Canyon,Climbing,Montana — 2:59 pm

Over the weekend I was able to go climbing with Dylan and Jason, a couple of Missoulians. We went to Blodgett Canyon, a 40 mile drive south on Highway 93. The route we did was the South Face of Shoshone Spire, listed in the Falcon Rock Climbing Montana guidebook as a 7-pitch 5.8+, described as

Probably the first multi-pitch route climbed in the canyon and still a mandatory classic.

The climb is all traditional style, with no bolts anywhere. It was definitely the tallest climb I had ever done. A bit scary in places but still a lot of fun.

Flathead Buttress and Shoshone Nez Perce River Crossing Chimney Blodgett Rain Blodgett After Rain Nez Perce Down Canyon Looking Down


  1. Explain 7 pitch 5.8+ please.

    Comment by eliza — July 7, 2009 @ 9:00 am
  2. 7 pitches means that instead of just going up and coming right back down (a 1 pitch climb), you go up, bring the other people with you, reset everything, and then do that again 7 times.

    5.8+ is the difficulty rating based on the Yosemite system. For more info see .

    Comment by michael — July 7, 2009 @ 10:27 am
  3. You rock, dude!

    Hmm. no pun intended.

    Comment by Aunt Binky — July 7, 2009 @ 12:27 pm
  4. Shoshone is a classic climb! I’m happy you enjoyed your trip up the Buttress. A small correction is that the climb is actually 5 pitches at the very most.

    Comment by Josh Kornish — October 25, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

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