(open to all ice climbing levels)




March 8 & 9, 2023


IRIS is teaming up with Montana Alpine Guides to offer ice climbing in the beautiful Bozeman and Big Sky landscapes of Montana! All ice climbing levels are welcome to join in an empowering, supportive environment!

The Montana Rockies are a vast landscape of world-class ice climbs nestled into wooded canyons. Over the two days, you will experience two stunning ice climbing venues outside Bozeman and Big Sky.

From the novice to the steep ice aficionada, there are techniques and skills for all to learn from our phenomenal guides.

Two days allows you time to build climbing partnerships, enjoy a unique, local evening event, and craft your technique without losing too much steam in the process.

**This itinerary is subject to change. 


March 8:
8am: Meet @ Ousel Falls Parking Lot / Trailhead, Big Sky, MT
8am-4pm: Climb at Ousel Falls


March 9:
7am: Meet @ Montana Alpine Guides Office
7:30am-3pm: Climb in Hyalite Canyon
3:30pm: Trip Wrap-Up / Hang Out and Happy Hour; Venue TBD

2 Days Guided Climbing: Hyalite Canyon & Big Sky
4:1 Guest to Guide Ratio

minimum of 2, maximum of 8

Ice Climbing Gear: Harness, Helmet, Ice Tools, Boots, Crampons (if you own, please bring your own personal gear)


Not Included:
Personal Climbing Clothing
Guide Gratuity
Travel Insurance (highly recommended!)
Incurred costs by leaving a trip early
Incurred costs as a result force majeure


Travel Recommendations:
Closest Airport: Bozeman, MT (BZN)


Hotel Recommendations:

The Lark

Element Bozeman


Food / Coffee:

Blackbird, Treeline, Wild Crumb, Dave’s Sushi, Whistling Pig

**This list is a guideline. You do not need the exact layers but will need something of similar warmth. If you have questions please ask us.**


Climbing Clothing

Base-layer Top: wool recommended (100-150 weight)

Breathable Insulation Layer (ie. OR Ascendant Hoodie or Patagonia R1)

Medium Weight Puff Jacket

Hard Shell Jacket (waterproof)

Large Puff Jacket (ie. Black Diamond Belay Parka)

Base-layer bottom: wool recommended (150-200 weight)

Soft-shell climbing pants (ie. OR Iceline Pant)

Puff Pants or Puff Skirt (optional: these are great for belaying and if you run cold)

2-3 Pairs of Gloves (lightweight to heavyweight: such as BD Terminator or CAMP Gecko Pro Ice)

Warm Hat (to be worn under a helmet)

Sunglasses (for sun and eye protection)

Wool Ski or Snowboard Socks (light to medium weight cushion)



Backpack 35-40L

2L Water: Thermos highly recommended!

Hand-warmers (optional: highly recommended!)

Food / Snacks for the day

Sunscreen and Chapstick


We provide the following or you are welcome to bring your personal gear if you already own it:


Belay Device and 2 Locking Carabiners


Technical Ice Climbing Boots (crampon compatible with toe and heel welts)

Ice Climbing Crampon w/ Vertical Front Points

Ice Tools


Lindsay Fixmer

AMGA Rock Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide