Elevation: 5,922 ft
GPS: 45.555, -111.062 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: S. Stember on Sep 11, 2008 with updates from Matt Wenger
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Description

The small gneiss crag offers anyone in Bozeman a place to go after school or work and place some gear. There are a variety of quality routes here ranging from 5.6 to 5.12d. Sport, mixed, and mainly trad lines are the variety of styles you will get along with an amazing view into the tree laden Gallatin National Forest. There is a possibility to set up top ropes on several of the climbs. Hike up and around the east side of the crag, and use a set of upper rappel anchors to get yourself safely down to the big ledge with the route anchors on it. Quick, you've got 2 hours until sunset!

Getting There

From Bozeman, head south on 19th Ave. Take this all the way south out of town about 5 miles, rounding the big bend to the west. From this bend, go about 3/4 mile further and turn left up into Hyalite Canyon (Hyalite Canyon Road). Take this road for about 3 miles and park in the Practice Rock pull out on the right hand side. Crag is across the road and up the hill (via trail) about 5-10 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Practice Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 54
5.6 Crack
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 36
Pinnacle Standard
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 49
Strawberry Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 55
The Fiver
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
Jerry's Route
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 42
Blind Black Babies
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 36
Rosebush Crack
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 36
Wizards Well
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 16
Silent Rock
Trad, Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Bird Woman
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 74
Theoretically
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 22
Last of the Wild Ones Variation
Trad, Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 24
Tough Trip Through Paradise
Trad, Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 9
Cardiac Arete
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 5
Last of the Wild Ones
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
5.6 Crack
 54
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Pinnacle Standard
 36
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Strawberry Crack
 49
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Fiver
 55
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Jerry's Route
 26
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Blind Black Babies
 42
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Rosebush Crack
 36
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Wizards Well
 36
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Silent Rock
 16
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Bird Woman
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Theoretically
 74
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Last of the Wild Ones Varia…
 22
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Tough Trip Through Paradise
 24
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Cardiac Arete
 9
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
Last of the Wild Ones
 5
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad
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Awesome crag but it's not basalt. It's gneiss Sep 19, 2008
EChristensen
Bozeman
EChristensen   Bozeman
Also, I wouldn't say there are any "sport" climbs. There are bolted climbs, but you're going to want gear to supplement the bolts. Sep 29, 2008
Joe Manlove
Sonora, CA
Joe Manlove   Sonora, CA
There is now a rappel anchor above the downclimb that was the primary access to the big ledge with the anchors for everything from 'six crack' to 'blind black babies'. Please rappel from this anchor, the downclimb is very dangerous. Sep 4, 2013
Ty Morrison-Heath
Bozeman, MT
Ty Morrison-Heath   Bozeman, MT
Thanks for doing that Joe. That downclimb is indeed rather dangerous. Sep 4, 2013
Joe Manlove
Sonora, CA
Joe Manlove   Sonora, CA
Somebody recently removed hangers from Touch the Sky's beginner routes on the South Tower feature of Practice (the short pillar downhill from blind black babies). If anybody knows why that was done I'd appreciate it if they would contact me. I'm not interested in assigning blame, I just want to talk about what the reasoning was. Aug 27, 2014
Josh Gates
Wilmington, DE
Josh Gates   Wilmington, DE
Can somebody local/experienced elaborate on the (bolted) TR possibilities here? Coming into town from faaar away, trying to get the lay of the land. Thanks! Jul 9, 2017
If I remember correctly, jerry's route, rosebush and blind black babies can be top roped. The down climbs are reasonably straight forward but very exposed. Jul 12, 2017
Matt Wenger
Bozeman
Matt Wenger   Bozeman
One would think it would warmer and dryer after a sunny, warm spell in the area. One would be wrong. Event though it is south facing, the Sun (even a month away from the solstice) just barely peeks over the ridge line to the south. Not a very good winter crag. Madison River area is much warmer and drier. Nov 21, 2018