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Madison River Area

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Madison River Area Rock Climbing 

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A few small crags along the Madison River, This area is a good winter spot as it stays fairly sunny and fairly warm. The rock quality is on the weak side, the gniess here can be fragile to say the least.

Still under development, this area has a few well traveled crags. Grades here range anywhere from 5.5 to 5.11+

This area is full of rattle snakes and posion ivy, so keep a careful eye when approaching the crags.

Getting There 

From Bozeman head west on Highway 84 until you get to the Madison River.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 9.3 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Madison River Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Madison River Area:
Boys At Work   V3 6A     Boulder   Bear Trap Boulders
Dr. Bush   V6 7A     Boulder   Bear Trap Boulders
The Jack Attack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Winter wall
Standard Route   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 160'   Neat Rock
Balance of Power   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   Crew Crag
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Balance of Power 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Montana : Madison River Area : Crew Crag
A great route that requires three mini roof pulls. One of the longer single pitch climbs in the area. Bring slings and think about your clips to avoid rope drag. A 70 meter rope will leave you about 3 feet above the ground on the rappel. If you have a shorter rope there is an intermediate anchor about 5/8's of the way down. Pro-Tip: If you rap with a 70 you can use the intermediate anchor to allow you to rap all the way down to the scree field, thus avoiding the chossy downclimb of the chu...[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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By John Padon
Jun 1, 2016
Found a crash pad climbing here the other day. Pretty okay to have a free crash pad but if you can describe the brand, color, and what was also left behind with it I'll get it back to you.