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Climbing near Kalispell, MT

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Jason Schmidt · · Cache Me Ousside · Joined Feb 2018 · Points: 15

I'm going to be in Kalispell, MT for 3 weeks in July. Which crags are recommended to hit up? I plan on some scrambles in Glacier, and hitting up Stone Hill. 

Stu Ritchie · · Denver · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 1,735

Blackleaf Canyon. Exceptional limestone climbing.

mills101 Mills · · Kalispell, MT · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 568

Jason, I live in Kalispell. Let me know when you're around and I can make you a tick list or I'd be happy to show you around ... there's about 800 routes within an hour and a half of Kali that don't/haven't/won't make it on MP.

And, yes, Blackleaf is pretty dang amazing (four hours from Kali, though).

Lee Chandler · · Phoenix · Joined Dec 2018 · Points: 199
mills101 Mills wrote: Jason, I live in Kalispell. Let me know when you're around and I can make you a tick list or I'd be happy to show you around ... 

I will be in the area during late June and July as well. I would be grateful for a similar offer.

mills101 Mills · · Kalispell, MT · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 568
Lee Chandler wrote:

I will be in the area during late June and July as well. I would be grateful for a similar offer.

Lee, shoot me a message when you're in the area or on the way. I'd be happy to show you around. 

I live in Kalispell -- the largest cragging area is POR, about 45 minutes away, 250-ish routes; Stone Hill is about an hour and a half and has 600+ routes (A+ cragging). 

There's lousy cragging at Kila (all on MP) about 15 minutes from Kali and then some weirder outliers from there (McGregor Massifs and Lost Wall, both on MP) in the area. 

Lee Chandler · · Phoenix · Joined Dec 2018 · Points: 199
mills101 Mills wrote:

Lee, shoot me a message when you're in the area or on the way. I'd be happy to show you around. 


Thank you so much, I will be in touch over next few weeks.

Jason Schmidt · · Cache Me Ousside · Joined Feb 2018 · Points: 15

Sweet. I was wondering if there were some hidden gems not on MP. Thanks. 

mills101 Mills · · Kalispell, MT · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 568

“Hidden,” maybe if you’re not local, “gems” probably only if you’re local. :) 

Briggs Lazalde · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0

For what it's worth I met Jason Mills last year and would consider him a top climbing partner of mine. we've climbed central wa, east wa, north Idaho, northwest Montana and planning on going back to stone hill in montana for 2 days on Monday. The guy puts in a lot of work fixing, maintaining, and putting up routes. I appreciate him a lot. If u get a chance to climb with him in his home turf he will show u some awesome stuff. My gf and I went to stone hill again a week back. Jason sent me some pics he drew up on the spot with good beta. He loves to help. Now if I could only convince him to ski less to chase ice.... ;)

Hes a great source to go to when looking up beta for northwest montana. Hoping he puts out a new stone hill book hes been talkin about. Btw if u haven't climbed stone hill, go. It's beautiful and the rock is a blast. 

Jason Schmidt · · Cache Me Ousside · Joined Feb 2018 · Points: 15

I like his name too :) 

Keigan Knutson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2018 · Points: 0

Hey people have been bolting lots of new routes by Kila so if you're just looking for a short day off climbing while not having to drive far from Kali then check it out.

Jason Schmidt · · Cache Me Ousside · Joined Feb 2018 · Points: 15
Keigan Knutson wrote: Hey people have been bolting lots of new routes by Kila so if you're just looking for a short day off climbing while not having to drive far from Kali then check it out.

Cool. Thank you. Also, how do you pronounce Kila? Is it KILL-A, KEE-LA or KY-LA? 

Briggs Lazalde · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0
Jason Schmidt wrote:

Cool. Thank you. Also, how do you pronounce Kila? Is it KILL-A, KEE-LA or KY-LA? 

Keigan ment kali. Not kila. Kali-spell

Jason Schmidt · · Cache Me Ousside · Joined Feb 2018 · Points: 15
Briggs Lazalde wrote:

Keigan ment kali. Not kila. Kali-spell

I was asking about this: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/106075527/kila-crags

Lalp · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 35

Ky-la is the correct pronunciation.  Didn't know there were new climbs there... hafta check it out sometime, though highly recommend POR for volume and proximity... just mind the mosquitoes.

Briggs Lazalde · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0
Jason Schmidt wrote:

I was asking about this: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/106075527/kila-crags


Ah I see. Kila and kali used in the same sentence I figured it was a typo but you learn something everyday.

mills101 Mills · · Kalispell, MT · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 568

There hasn’t been a new route put up at Kila (Kie-luh) in at least 10 years (as far as I know). There is some new development going on about 20 minutes west of Kila, though, at Little McGregor Lake.

POR is not on MP at all, but the second edition of the guide book will be out soon (apparently)! 

Bridget Alexis · · San Diego, CA · Joined Sep 2018 · Points: 0
mills101 Mills wrote: There hasn’t been a new route put up at Kila (Kie-luh) in at least 10 years (as far as I know). There is some new development going on about 20 minutes west of Kila, though, at Little McGregor Lake.

POR is not on MP at all, but the second edition of the guide book will be out soon (apparently)! 

hey can anyone dump some knowledge on me, im looking for trad climbs in the area, im willing to drive fairly far from the valley.

i grew up swimming at mcgregor, cant recall any cliffs around there. 

Thanks guys!
mills101 Mills · · Kalispell, MT · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 568
Bridget Alexis wrote:

hey can anyone dump some knowledge on me, im looking for trad climbs in the area, im willing to drive fairly far from the valley.

i grew up swimming at mcgregor, cant recall any cliffs around there. 

Thanks guys!

Where do you live?

https://www.mountainproject.com/route/113164615/birthday-crack 

https://www.mountainproject.com/route/112020739/song-of-ilium

There's more out there. POR has a few, there's a 120 ft. 5.9 all-trad. route out there that's super fun; again, new guide book (soon, I think). Something like three-quarters of the routes at Stone Hill are mixed or trad; get the guide at RMO. 

There are some shorter cliffs just north of Little McGregor Lake. (Almost) all the ones we've developed are on MP (and there are about five more that are almost complete). :)
Jason Schmidt · · Cache Me Ousside · Joined Feb 2018 · Points: 15

I plan on picking up the local climbing guides when I'm up there for the day on June 10th.

mills101 Mills · · Kalispell, MT · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 568
Jason Schmidt wrote: I plan on picking up the local climbing guides when I'm up there for the day on June 10th.

Jason, I'll be out of town the week of the 10th (Climbing in New Hampshire!), but if you're around for a bit, let me know, would be stoked to get out!

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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