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Avalanche Gulch 3 / 53 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 56
Beaver Creek 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Hellgate Gulch 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Needles (Big Belt Mountains), The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elevation: 4,368 ft
GPS: 46.65, -111.595 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady on Feb 1, 2013 with updates
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Description

Central Montana climbing. Not too long a trip from either Missoula or Bozeman. Offers both sunny early/late season climbing and shady summer climbing. Various areas with different options.

Getting There

Along I-15, between Butte and Great Falls, MT. East/southeast of Helena, northwest of Bozeman. Off of Hwy 287 between Helena and Three Forks.

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bryan dalpes
Livingston, MT
bryan dalpes   Livingston, MT
I would suggest bringing a light rack as some of the great climbs such as Fire Spire, Sturdy Girdy, etc. require a few gear placements. That is, of course, only if your not comfortable with 30'-50' foot run outs on 5.9 climbing... Jul 25, 2017
Aaron W  
Cool area with a lot of sport climbing much of which is not listed here. There looks to be some cool boulders on W Shore Drive as well. Grades here range from fluffy to sandbagged. Probably best to leave the rack at home as even the cracks have been bolted here. Avalanche has a much wider range of climbs then Hells gate. Oct 12, 2013
Ty Morrison-Heath
Bozeman, MT
Ty Morrison-Heath   Bozeman, MT
As of 5-22-13 we still have several copies of Central Montana Rock at Spire Climbing Center in Bozeman. May 22, 2013
If you can still find Jake Mergenthaler's "Central Montana Rock" book in print it's definitely worth having, particularly for getting to some of the more obscure areas. May 15, 2013

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