Bozeman Montana Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing

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The abundance of ice in Montana provides high quality ice climbing from November through March or even April.

  • Hyalite Canyon, near Bozeman, has over 130 ice climbing routes.
  • The ice-climbing season is usually in full swing by the second week of November and typically lasts through most of April.
  • Montana Guides offer personalized professional instruction in the art of ice climbing.

Overview

Ice climbing is an adventure sport that was born out of rock climbing. Water ice or waterfall climbing during Montana's long winters can add a whole new dimension to a climber's realm of learning his/her craft. If you have never given ice a try, start your experiences with ice climbing in Montana. It is not what you might expect. There are many good locations found in this part of the state.

Where to go Ice Climbing

Hyalite Canyon has become one of the best early season ice-climbing Mecca's in the lower 48 states. The high concentration of ice found here with over 130 routes has made Hyalite an ice-climbing destination. The season is usually in full swing by the second week of November and typically lasts through most of April.

Hyalite is actually made up of three "valleys" and they are from west to east, the Main Fork of Hyalite, the Flanders and the East Fork of Hyalite. The Main Fork of Hyalite is the most popular and the majority of the ice is found here but the other two have great classics as well.

Rentals & Fees

The costs and fees associated with ice climbing are varied. If you are an experienced ice climbing, then you most likely have all your equipment and would carry it with you, rather than trust your safety to trying to rent gear from a shop.

If you are a novice climbing, you should arrange to go with an ice-climbing guide. The guiding company will provide all the necessary equipment including an experienced, knowledgeable guide.

Fees for a guided ice climbing experience are dependent on the length of the day and whether or not you are having a private or shared lesson. Fees can range from $100 to $300.

Hire a Guide

Montana Guides offer personalized professional instruction in the art of ice climbing. Ice Climbing guides specialize in guiding novice and intermediate climbers, as well as helping more experienced climbers refine their techniques. Ice climbing guides provide the skills and confidence necessary for you to safely enjoy your ice climbing adventures.

Safety Precautions

Because of the inherent risks of ice climbing, enthusiasts must learn how to properly use their equipment, how to set up safe anchors and belays and how to deal with common ice climbing injuries. The icy climate can also be a dangerous factor, so the importance of being prepared cannot be stressed highly enough.


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Other Resources
  • Ouray Colorado
    Ouray Colorado is home to one of the finest ice climbing parks in the Rocky Mountains, and hosts an annual ice climbing festival.
  • The Women's Wilderness Institute
    An all women's organization offering instruction and events focused on ice and rock climbing.