Wolverine Canyon is full of limestone, however, the majority of it is poor quality or slabby. There are, however, a few climbable walls that have some decent routes the RPM wall being the currently developed wall.
- Type of climbing: Sport
- Type of rock: Limestone
- Season: Spring through Fall
- Camping: Yes
- Guidebook: Sweet Spots of Eastern Idaho, by Jerry Painter and Matt TeNgaio
- Number of routes: 9
- Difficulty range: 5.9 – 5.12d
The RPM Wall is mainly blue/gray limestone that is bulletproof and makes for thin and technical face climbing. Yet, the features and angles do vary enough to allow juggy, slightly overhung climbing to exist on a few routes.
Local climbers Mike Benson and Matt TeNgaio started development on this crag in 2005 and continue to further develop the wall.
The crags east facing nature coupled with the dense vegetation at the base make it a wonderful place to beat the summertime heat. The wall sees very little sun and some of the routes stay dry in light precipitation. Fall and spring climbing are both excellent as well. Plan on climbing in complete seclusion as the wall sits above the road and is well hidden from motorists.
Follow the directions to get to The Playground and continue heading east. At the fork with the Blackfoot River Road, head left, staying on the paved road. Continue on until the mouth of the canyon is reached and the road turns to gravel.
Follow the dirt road for about 1.5 to 2 miles. until it passes through a narrow section. You’ll know you’re at the right spot if you can see the big cave, (40 Horse Cave), up to the left of the road just after passing through the narrows. Continue up the canyon and park on the left side at the big pullout just after 40 Horse Cave.
To get to the wall, walk back down the road about 500 feet to the trailhead. Look for the small pile of broken white rock on the south side of the road – the short trail starts just above it and climbs through the trees.
Eye in the Sky
- Number of routes: 1
- Difficulty range: project
Eye in the Sky is located up high in Wolverine Canyon. Currently only half of Conspiracy Theory is equipped – a Dean Lords route. The cave is good stone and there is potential for half a dozen lines if someone wanted to open the lines. Dean says “In my opinion, they would be pretty damn good given the angle, length, and location.”
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