Tell me about rock climbing near Bozeman

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christoph benells · · tahoma · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 235

I know bozeman is a world class ice venue,

and I know there is plenty of rock around.

Tell me about the rock please!

What type of rock is there??

is there good cracks?

long traditional lines?

good sport climbing?


Jason Todd · · Cody, WY · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 958
What type of rock is there??
Primarily granite (and metamorphics), limestone, and volcanic choss

is there good cracks?
Yes, but not world class, but good. Homestake Pass is a relatively short drive with really fun crack climbing.

long traditional lines?
Gallatin canyon has some longer multipitch routes, the Absarokas have some really quality alpine lines (same as Beehive area), the northern Bridgers have long multipitch limestone climbing (not quite sport!)

good sport climbing?
Tons within a few miles.


There is a lot of really good climbing with a lot of variety packed in that is accessible by day trips. Pick up a copy of Dockins' Bozeman Rock Climbing.
The Blueprint Part Dank · · FEMA Region VIII · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 460

Fast forward to the two minute mark for some good footage of Bozeman sport climbing.

Josh Kornish · · · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 840

Bozeman has great access to a lot of quality rock.

Best crack climbing is over at Lost Horse and Blodgett Canyon by Missoula.

The Cowen Cirque has some incredible, long, alpine routes. Gallatin has some great stuff up to 5 pitches.

The Sport climbing is pretty great with plenty to keep you busy and the bouldering scene is ever growing with tons of new areas being discovered and developed.

Overall an awesome town with a great climbing scene

hj schmidt · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 0

Chossy limestone close to town.
Some decent metamorphic bands closer than an hour.
An hour and some long hiking finds OK granite.
Rumour has it that 6 hours of driving gets you to Phonolite Porphyry.

Moab has better crack climbing.
California and BC have better multi-pitch. For that matter so does Vegas.
Front Range has better sport.

Despite global warming winter is still damn long...(good if you want to climb 5.13 in 40 degree weather, lots of opportunity for that sort of thing.)

The best climbing in Montana might be in Wyoming.

Don't pay too much attention to me, I'm well known for being a curmudgeon. Just ask Jason...

Maurice Horn · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Oct 2006 · Points: 30

I live in Bozeman. You can text me at 406-581-9566

B-Mkll Mackall · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 1,471

Dang Maurice, really hitting up all the old Bozeman posts. I'd love to get out sometime anywhere close to town, feel free to PM me.

Maurice Horn · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Oct 2006 · Points: 30

I got hooked up with a climbing partner this week end, but I'll stay in touch with you when I'm available again. Thanks for your message.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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