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Alberton Rest Stop 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Bad Rock Canyon 0 / 0 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Baker Lake Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Barretts 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Bass Creek 4 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Bear Canyon 0 / 28 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28
Bear Creek Canyon 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 2
Beartooth Mountains 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 10
Beehive Basin 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 9 / 9
Big Bear Canyon (the BBC) 0 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Big Belt Mountains 4 / 74 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 78
Big Creek/McCalla Ridge 3 / 10 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Billings Rimrocks 41 / 28 / 96 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 111
Blackleaf Canyon 1 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Blodgett Canyon 25 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 31
Blue Cloud 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Bozeman Pass 0 / 34 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 34
Bridger Range 10 / 50 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 50 / 55
Cabinet Mountain Wilderness 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 2 / 2
Canyon Peak 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Castle Mountains 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Chaffin Creek 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Chestnut Mountain Crag 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Cooke City 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Crazy Mountains 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Crystal Theater / Babcock Spires 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Elk Meadows 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Elk Rock 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Elkhorn creek 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Emigrant Gulch 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Frog Rock 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Gallatin Canyon 128 / 99 / 7 / 202 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 43 / 418
Gillespie Basin 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Glacier National Park 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 5
Gorge Lakes 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Heap, The 1 / 7 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Holland Falls 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Homestake Pass 17 / 8 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 24
Humbug Spires 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Hyalite Canyon 29 / 28 / 14 / 4 / 38 / 0 / 24 / 5 / 94
Indian Creek 1 / 19 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Kila Crags 0 / 12 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Kootenai Canyon 27 / 55 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 72
Kootenai River 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Lolo Pass Area 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Lost Horse 8 / 1 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Lost Wall 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Madison River Area 16 / 8 / 2 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 41
Marston / Stryker / Stillwater 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Memorial Falls 8 / 7 / 17 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 30
Mile 18 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Mill Creek 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 6
Mill Creek North Rim 4 / 31 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 34
Missoula 4 / 1 / 5 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 5
Monarch Area/Camp Rotary 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Monarch Canyon 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Mount Helena 0 / 12 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Mulkey Gulch 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Natural Bridge and Falls 0 / 46 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 46
New Rock (Butte) 7 / 2 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
North Fork Teton River Canyon 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Ojibway Peak 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 5
Ousel Falls 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Ovens, The 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Paradise Valley 16 / 60 / 8 / 46 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 130
Rattler Gulch 7 / 37 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 41
Revenue Flats 6 / 16 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23
Roadside Rock 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Roaring Lion Canyon 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Sheep Mountain 13 / 7 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 22
Sluice Boxes State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Spanish Creek Trailhead 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Spire Rock 26 / 8 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
Stone Hill 9 / 10 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 17
Sun River Canyon 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Sweathouse Creek Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Sweathouse Creek Crags 3 / 5 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Testament Slabs 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
That Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Tobacco Root Mountains 3 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 5
Tor Rock 5 / 7 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Trapper Creek 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Whiskey Gulch 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Wolf Butte 0 / 0 / 0 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
glen domes7 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
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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.
M4
The Thrill is Gone
Mixed
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Skyline Arete
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sparerib
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Mutt and Jeff
Trad 5 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Standard Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Shoshone South Face
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Thing In Between
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Diesel Driver
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
First Best
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Tigger
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Flake Fest
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Black Line
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Theoretically
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Ignition
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Bowling for Buicks
Sport
The Thrill is Gone Hyalite Canyon > Unnamed Wall M4 Mixed
Skyline Arete Gallatin Canyon > Skyline Buttress > Skyline North 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
Sparerib Gallatin Canyon > Sparerib Area 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
The Mutt and Jeff Humbug Spires 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Standard Route Gallatin Canyon > Gallatin Tower 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Shoshone South Face Blodgett Canyon > Shoshone Spire 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Thing In Between Gallatin Canyon > Gallatin Tower 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Diesel Driver Gallatin Canyon > Black Line Buttress 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
First Best Gallatin Canyon > Gallatin Tower 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Tigger Gallatin Canyon > Gallatin Tower 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Flake Fest Paradise Valley > Allenspur > 7-11 Crag 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Black Line Gallatin Canyon > Black Line Buttress 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Theoretically Hyalite Canyon > Practice Rock 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Ignition Bear Canyon > Prow 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Bowling for Buicks Gallatin Canyon > Gallatin Tower 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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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
manufature's specifications..... Sep 7, 2016
How do you know Rick? And where are the suspect bolts? Sep 1, 2016
the bolts on parking lot are bomber,ask me how I know.i`d be aware of cap bolts with 5/16 caps in 3/8 holed hangers recently used localy,as these are suspect from an engineering perspective. Aug 31, 2016
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
Dana Prosser
Boulder
Dana Prosser   Boulder
What is the closest free camping to Bozeman? Aug 8, 2013
Hoez
Uganda
Hoez   Uganda
there has to be great climbing in montana... i lived in choteau for a year - where i was introduced to climbing - and there is an awesome crag around there.. lewis and clark national forest is also around there and the god damn rockies cruise straight through there.... I think montana is largely untapped - im thinking of spending a few weeks up there next summer and gonna try to find some more bouldering. It seems like the majority of montana climbers are very old school and mainly trad climbers - so the potential of coming across some gems and getting FA's sounds logical... I love boulder hunting. Will keep everyone posted... Nov 7, 2011
ROCK ROUTES in the LITTLE BELTS?

Will be cruisin the King's Hwy in a couple weeks. Would appreciate Beta on specific areas and moderate routes (craggin)in the Little Belts. Guidbook? Thanx in advance. Jul 4, 2011
Frank Sosa
Washington
Frank Sosa   Washington
any decent sport cimbing near Great Falls?
Im going by myself for a 60 hour/week job, and would like to rope solo on my one day off per week. Or meet up with potential partners?

There must be a few gems in the area, if there are and you don't want to post it here you can email me at WhipperTherapy@hotmail.com. (as in climbing whippers, thanks) I am a respectful climber who does not have a blog, and I have no interest in blowing your spots out.

Thanks from seattle,

Frank May 27, 2011
ConorD
Monf***ingtana
ConorD   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
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
ConorD
Monf***ingtana
ConorD   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
Anyone have any beta on the long stuff up the trail in Kootenai Creek? Mar 31, 2011
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
Choss piles, that's all you find in Montana. Move along. Dec 26, 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
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
Is there much bouldering near bozeman. Or any good spots in the state? Jun 5, 2010
Frank Hessler
Winona, MN
Frank Hessler   Winona, MN
I know of a good place to climb just outside YNP called Mill Creek, there is descent climbing there with plenty of routes, I'm just a novice but my friends really enjoyed climbing there Jan 15, 2010
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
Braxtron
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Braxtron   ...
Chamika wrote: Mount climbings can make more fitness for people,but in Montana it will nice to see people with mountain projects. Emma
All your base are belong to us? Jul 18, 2008
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
Yes access issues. The montana climbing moffia kept Lost Horse secret, even from the forest service. Now it's slated to be quarried into chip seal. firstascentpress.com/lostho… It's not so secret now! Aug 27, 2007
Ladd    
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
Ryan Bibler   MT
There is no climbing in Montana. Go away. Apr 12, 2007
Matt Nelson
Pueblo, CO
Matt Nelson   Pueblo, CO
Any one out there know of any climbing near the Great Falls area? Apr 5, 2007

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