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Billings Rimrocks Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Brian Hagerty on Oct 1, 2010
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"Team free ascent" Billings style.


The Billings Rimrocks(The Rims), the often overlooked sandstone mecca of eastern Montana. The most popular climbing area is above the Gregory Hills subdivision. There are some great cracks and some great although sometimes fragile face climbs. Toproping is popular because of the aforementioned rock quality although cracks usually take good medium to large sized pro. There are bolted routes but choose your poison as sandy and brittle rock, junk hardware and poor bolting abound. Most routes have easily accessable "bolt"(check and back the sketch ones up) or natural anchors. Due to the chossy nature of the rock a stick clip may be advised on some routes. A good local winter climbing destination but avoid it during the heat of the summer after 10:00am. Also be aware of the EXTREME rockfall potential and belay and hang out well away from the base of the climbs(helmets advised). Don't forget to bring your sense of humor and as always pack out all trash including water bottles, cigarette butts, tape and anything else you're tempted to leave behind.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

109 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',39],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',27],['Bomb',6]

Classic Climbing Routes in Billings Rimrocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Billings Rimrocks:
Walkup   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR, 45'   Gregory
Welcome to Billings   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 40'   Gregory
Roof Right   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, TR, 50'   Gregory
Prime Rib   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 50'   Gregory
Sapsucker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 50'   Gregory
Reuben   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 45'   Gregory
Betty Rubble   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 50'   Gregory
Easy Street   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 50'   Gregory
Cliffs of Insanity   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 40'   Gregory
The Bishop   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 45'   Gregory
Decade of Decay   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 50'   Gregory
Brown Sugar   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 50'   Gregory
Assassin   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 50'   Gregory
Center Face   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 40'   Gregory
Faster Pussycat   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, TR, 60'   Gregory
Big Eagle Feather   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Phipps Park
Next to the Last Best Route in Billings   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 60'   Gregory
Rockchuck Arete   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, TR, 60'   Gregory
The Gem   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR, 40'   Gregory
Reuben's Brother   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 50'   Gregory
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Featured Route For Billings Rimrocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Corona Corner, Phipps Park, Billings, Montana

Carona Corner 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Montana : Billings Rimrocks : Phipps Park
My favorite crack in Montana. Beautiful left facing corner with the best rock you will find anywhere on the rims. Excellent protection,the crux is simply enduring to the chains. Very reminiscent of Indian Creek climbing. Crack starts wide and narrows down at the steep finish. Must be accessed from the top, if you wander more than 10' from the bottom of the crack you will be trespassing on private property. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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The mythical Tunnel Boulders.
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All illegally parked cars will be towed at vehicle...
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"Totally Tenacious!"
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Gregory bitd.
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Billings Rimrocks
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By Nick Stayner
From: Wymont Kingdom
Nov 15, 2011
Anyone know of a guidebook for Billings area stuff?
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Oct 22, 2012 about some information and/or details on the location. As I recall Billings isn't that big (105,000), but specifics for us "out-of-towner's" would be appreciated.
By MTKirk
From: Billings, MT
Nov 7, 2012
Park here for Gregory 45.802335,-108.586486 If you don't have a GPS print up a google map to that location. Hike up an obvious trail, staying on the right fork for the first few feet, away from the Heavy Poison Ivy growth at the base of the boulder. hike up and left (west) to get to the "walkup" area (easiest lead up) at 45.803643,-108.589483 the climbs are both left (west) & right(east) of here. You can also buy a guidebook (Super Sand Land, Joel Anderson) at Steep World.

This video is well worth the watch and will give you the true flavor of climbing in Billings.

By Joel Anderson - MT
Apr 2, 2013
Yes, and thanks MTKirk. The guidebook "Super Sand Land" is available at Steepworld and The Basecamp. Any edits, major news, and new route info will be posted to the book's corresponding website. billingsclimbingguide.blogspot...
By Brian Hagerty
From: Billings, MT
Apr 3, 2013
...or here.
By Joel Anderson - MT
Jun 7, 2013
Ha ha! Yes, here too.
By Cfresh
From: Barrington il
May 21, 2014
jus bought my edition of super sand land from steep world(awesome people) really excited to make it out there and boulder boulder boulder! meh maybe ill bring my ropes to lol any parts of this site dedicate to the boulders from the book if not ill add them after my trip thanks guys!
By Qween
Jun 19, 2014
That video just got me soooo pumped to move to Billings. I never thought I'd say that.
By Brian Hagerty
From: Billings, MT
Jun 25, 2014
But you did, and it's okay.
By Brian Hagerty
From: Billings, MT
Jun 20, 2015
Also check the "Billings Climbing" group on Facebook.

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