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A big state with lots of climbing.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Montana

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI3+
 67
Genesis II
Ice
WI3+
 84
Genesis I
TR, Ice
WI3+
 59
The Elevator Shaft
Ice
M4
 52
The Thrill is Gone
Mixed
WI3
 59
Mummy II
Ice
WI4+
 49
Scepter
Ice
WI4
 58
The Dribbles
Trad, Ice, Alpine 4 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 112
Skyline Arete
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 111
Sparerib
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 134
Standard Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 59
Shoshone South Face
Trad 5 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 62
Tigger
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 56
Flake Fest
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 46
Black Line
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 74
Theoretically
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Genesis II Southwest Region > Hyalite Canyon > Genesis Area
 67
WI3+ Ice
Genesis I Southwest Region > Hyalite Canyon > Genesis Area
 84
WI3+ TR, Ice
The Elevator Shaft Southwest Region > Hyalite Canyon > Unnamed Wall
 59
WI3+ Ice
The Thrill is Gone Southwest Region > Hyalite Canyon > Unnamed Wall
 52
M4 Mixed
Mummy II Southwest Region > Hyalite Canyon > Mummy Area
 59
WI3 Ice
Scepter Southwest Region > Hyalite Canyon > Mummy Area
 49
WI4+ Ice
The Dribbles Southwest Region > Hyalite Canyon > Dribbles Area
 58
WI4 Trad, Ice, Alpine 4 pitches
Skyline Arete Southwest Region > … > Skyline Buttress > Skyline North
 112
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
Sparerib Southwest Region > … > E Side > Sparerib Area
 111
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Standard Route Southwest Region > … > W Side > Gallatin Tower
 134
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Shoshone South Face Northwest Region > Blodgett Canyon > Shoshone Spire
 59
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Tigger Southwest Region > … > W Side > Gallatin Tower
 62
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Flake Fest Southwest Region > … > Allenspur > 7-11 Crag
 56
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Black Line Southwest Region > … > E Side > Black Line Buttress
 46
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Theoretically Southwest Region > Hyalite Canyon > Practice Rock
 74
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
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Why is it that folks are so sercretive about climbing in Montana, are there access issues, or do people just want it to stay low-key and uncrowded? May 25, 2007
Braxtron
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Braxtron   ...
The climbing scene may be under the radar, but you just have to make friends with a couple of climbers (by supplying them with copious amounts of beer and meat, preferably Elk) and you'll easily get all the info you need. Jul 5, 2008
It is really strange how Montanans want to keep areas a secret. I lived in Bozeman for ten years and climb about everywhere in the guide books and other areas not in guide books. Compared to other destination areas in the USA I do not see the big deal. I have never found one specfic area in Montana that I would consider a "Destination Climbing area" such as Red Rocks, City of Rocks, the Sierras or the Rockies. Just a smattering of crags here and there with lots of road between them. There is climbing south of great falls in White Sulfur Springs. A hand full of routes on the Stone Temples. Hard to find, hard to get too unless you know the area or Ron Brunkhorst. However I would take Jons advice. Get a guide book and go if you are so inclined. However I live in Fort Collins and I would take Lumpy Ridge Climbing over anything in Montana. Super solid Granite, hundreds of routes, up to six pitches, beautiful abundant long splitters and very few people unless you are doing a hand full of classics. People do not seem to like climbing without bolts nor bolt stations that much. Or go do a wall in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park. Some areas you would be lucky to find another party. Aug 29, 2008
Is there much bouldering near bozeman. Or any good spots in the state? Jun 5, 2010
EChristensen
Bozeman
EChristensen   Bozeman
Josh -
There's not much bouldering near Bozeman, but there's a lot starting about an hour from town. Yankee Jim Canyon has a bunch of stuff and there's a free guide that Bozeman locals Jeff Ho and Jeff Webber put together available online on my site: boulderingmontana.com The other large area is the massive boulder batholith between Whitehall and Butte. There's basically unlimited bouldering in the batholith, with Whiskey Gulch being the largest and oldest established area. Check out my site and Bouldering the Backwaters for more info, vids, photos, etc. Spire Climbing Center has a beta book as well that has info on some of the random boulders that are close to town. Jun 7, 2010
W.S.
Montana
W.S.   Montana
Potential visitors to MT should be aware of the strict do-not-publish ethic that has prevailed here since the beginning of technical rock climbing. Internet info and to a lesser extent published guidebooks tend to be a poor representation of what's here. So make friends, buy beer, and explore! Sep 19, 2010
Choss piles, that's all you find in Montana. Move along. Dec 26, 2010
Nick Stayner
Wymont Kingdom
Nick Stayner   Wymont Kingdom
WS, I can't tell if you're tongue is in your cheek or not. The idea that Montanans all still adhere to the "do not publish" ethic you speak of is antiquated and not at all a good representation of most Montanans. Look at this year's AAJ for instance. Dec 27, 2010
Dan Bachen
Helena, MT
Dan Bachen   Helena, MT
Anyone have any beta on the long stuff up the trail in Kootenai Creek? Mar 31, 2011
Of little faith
Monf***ingtana
Of little faith   Monf***ingtana
i might have some info on the stuff up kootenai, depends on how far up you are talking about. which side of the creek? Apr 19, 2011
Dan Bachen
Helena, MT
Dan Bachen   Helena, MT
Was curious about the walls on the north side. There's a tower-like formation I hiked past beyond sick bay with bolts, kinda looked like an easter island statue. Also was interested in the big cliffs about a mile up (Chief Charlo?). Apr 22, 2011
Of little faith
Monf***ingtana
Of little faith   Monf***ingtana
Dan, I've heard about that stuff, but don't have any beta on it. Can't find anything so far, but i do know that there are some multipitch lines that go on that bigger wall, supposed to be fairly moderate. May 6, 2011
I climbed/cleaned a few dozen problems up in Blackleaf Canyon back in 2008, nothing online yet, so i guess I respect the no-publishing ethic?!
I find that kinda silly, so you want to keep everything to yourself, but feel cool with using guidebooks for red Rocks, California and gulp, Canada? Selfish?
One day I will put my Blackleaf info online and if you wanna say it's all been climbed you can explain the pre-climbed-choss-intact photos I have.
Love Montana and its climbing!! Feb 26, 2013
EChristensen
Bozeman
EChristensen   Bozeman
SW MT Blocs: A Bouldering Guide to Southwest Montana is now available for purchase! The guidebook contains beta for more than 1,000 boulder problems in SW Montana. Areas included are Whiskey Gulch, the Tobacco Roots, the Madison Valley, the Gallatin Canyon, Bozeman Area (Overhangatang & Moonshine Boulders), and Yankee Jim Canyon. More information, including example pages, along with a link to purchase can be found at swmtblocs.com. It is also available at Spire Climbing Center (Bozeman), the Base Camp (Helena & Billings), and Steepworld (Billings). Jul 19, 2015