Shoshone Spire

Shoshone Spire, Blodgett Creek Canyon, Mt.
5 pitches [III]5.8+

Shoshone Spire is book-ended on the left by the Flathead Buttress,
and on the right by the Nez Perce Buttress.

5.24.09

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klwagar

klwagar - Oct 5, 2009 10:41 pm - Voted 10/10

wow

do those look like fun!

T Sharp

T Sharp - Oct 8, 2009 12:31 am - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

They are very representative of the spires in many of the canyons of the Bitterroot Mountains. You really should come down and climb!
Cheers;
Tim

klwagar

klwagar - Oct 12, 2009 8:13 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: wow

I think I just might have to. Wow! When is the best time for this area?

T Sharp

T Sharp - Oct 13, 2009 12:44 am - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

Well the ice fall that forms between Shoshone and Nez Perc will be in sometime in late November/early December, and be in on and off until March. I have climbed Shosone spire as early a March, and as late as November. Probably the best time is in late June, super long days, not to hot, but the tics are horrible [my record is 19 in one day]! Then the next best time is usually Sept/October, except this year has been fairly cold, July and August can be miserable hot, but a super early start will get you off the rock by 1:00pm or so, beating the heat. So it is a bit of a crap shoot, but I would recommend the shoulder seasons of late spring/early fall for rock, and February for ice. Let me know if you are heading this way!
Cheers;
Tim

klwagar

klwagar - Oct 13, 2009 10:50 am - Voted 10/10

Re: wow

my daughter lives near the Montana border in Alberta so possible to cruise on down for a climb. Always looking for a good shoulder season place and ice!! Hear it is pretty chilly and snowing right now tho! And ya, I'll email you if I head down there.

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