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L to R R to L Alpha
5.6 Crack T 
Bird Woman S 
Blind Black Babies T,S 
Cardiac Arete S 
Cardiac Bypass T,S 
Fiver, The T 
Jerry's Route T 
Jerry's Variation T 
Last of the Wild Ones Variation T,S 
Pinnacle Dihedral T 
Pinnacle Standard T 
Rosebush Crack T 
Silent Rock T,S 
Slanting Dihedral T 
Spiral, The T 
Strawberry Crack T 
Theoretically T,TR 
Tough Trip Through Paradise T,S 
Unknown Variation T,TR 
Wide Crack T 
Wizards Well T 

Practice Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 45.55519, -111.06181 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: S. Stember on Sep 12, 2008  with updates from Matt Wenger and 1 more
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The small gniess crag offers anyone in Bozeman a place to go after school or work and place some gear. There are a variety of quality routes here ranging from 5.6 to 5.12d. Sport, mixed, and mainly trad lines are the variety of styles you will get along with an amazing view into the tree laden Gallatin National Forest. Quick, you've got 2 hours until sunset!

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Weather station 7.7 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Practice Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Practice Rock:
5.6 Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Strawberry Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Jerry's Variation   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 45'   
The Spiral   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   
The Fiver   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 70'   
Jerry's Route   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 45'   
Rosebush Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Blind Black Babies   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Wizards Well   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   
Silent Rock   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 35'   
Cardiac Bypass   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 55'   
Bird Woman   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Theoretically   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Last of the Wild Ones Variation   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Tough Trip Through Paradise   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Cardiac Arete   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Practice Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Brett Gordon on "Wizards Well"

Wizards Well 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Montana : Hyalite Canyon : Practice Rock
“Drink of this and take thy fill for the water falls by the wizards will”While i didn't see Merlin while climbing this route, i was almost about to toss a couple of coins and wish for some non-human superpowers. Suspenseful and involved, The Wizards Well makes for an all-star extension to an already great route. A continuation of The Fiver or Theoretically this bonus pitch is a magical ride into the unk...[more]   Browse More Classics in Montana

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By powerandrubber
Sep 19, 2008
Awesome crag but it's not basalt. It's gneiss
By EChristensen
From: Bozeman
Sep 29, 2008
Also, I wouldn't say there are any "sport" climbs. There are bolted climbs, but you're going to want gear to supplement the bolts.
By Joe Manlove
From: Sonora, CA
Sep 4, 2013
There is now a rappel anchor above the downclimb that was the primary access to the big ledge with the anchors for everything from 'six crack' to 'blind black babies'. Please rappel from this anchor, the downclimb is very dangerous.
By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
Sep 4, 2013
Thanks for doing that Joe. That downclimb is indeed rather dangerous.
By Joe Manlove
From: Sonora, CA
Aug 27, 2014
Somebody recently removed hangers from Touch the Sky's beginner routes on the South Tower feature of Practice (the short pillar downhill from blind black babies). If anybody knows why that was done I'd appreciate it if they would contact me. I'm not interested in assigning blame, I just want to talk about what the reasoning was.
By Josh Gates
Jul 9, 2017
Can somebody local/experienced elaborate on the (bolted) TR possibilities here? Coming into town from faaar away, trying to get the lay of the land. Thanks!
By bttrrtRock
Jul 12, 2017
If I remember correctly, jerry's route, rosebush and blind black babies can be top roped. The down climbs are reasonably straight forward but very exposed.

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