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.
8am: Meet @ Ousel Falls Parking Lot / Trailhead, Big Sky, MT
8am-4pm: Climb at Ousel Falls
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)
Personal Climbing Clothing
Travel Insurance (highly recommended!)
Incurred costs by leaving a trip early
Incurred costs as a result force majeure
Closest Airport: Bozeman, MT (BZN)
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.**
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)
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