The rock-climbing season in Bozeman, MT is best April-October. One can find comfortable rock climbing temperatures at a variety of climbing locations. During prime climbing months Montana Alpine Guides offers weekly climbing courses at several climbing areas near our home base in Bozeman, Montana. Our courses are designed to serve the local and visiting climbing populations as well as those who have never previously been climbing. There is a climb for everyone and much like skiing there are “beginner” to “advanced” objectives.
Climbing locations near Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana include the Gallatin Canyon limestone and gneiss formations, which contain rock climbs from 5.5-5.13 (beginner to expert). The rock climbing in Gallatin Canyon is roughly halfway between Bozeman and Big Sky, MT and contains rock climbs from fifty feet to longer multi-pitch climbs. Some of the classic longer rock climbs include, Skyline Ridge/Arête (500’, 5.6), The Waltz (300’, 5.7-5.9), The Gallatin Tower (300’, 5.6-5.9), Spare Rib (235’, 5.8), and Never on Sunday (400’, 5.10) just to name a few moderates among hundreds of quality climbs.
During the hotter months comfortable climbing can still be had any day of the week by starting in the morning or climbing in the shade later in the day. For all-day climbing there is an abundance of quality alpine climbs in the surrounding mountains and or one can chase the shade. Long alpine rock climbs can be found in the near by Bridger Mountains, Gallatin Mountains, and Beartooth Mountains, among other ranges.
In most cases more advanced skills and techniques are needed to climb some of the longer objective climbs near Bozeman. Montana Alpine Guides specializes in guiding objective climbs in the Bozeman area as well as teaching participants the necessary skills to do it on their own through a variety of rock climbing courses. Courses range from our Introduction to Rock Climbing and Top-Rope Anchors to Big Wall and Alpine Rock climbing courses. You can check details for each of our climbing courses in the Bozeman, Big Sky, Livingston, and Yellowstone areas on our website under the “rock” tab.
Drop us a line if you have any questions and we hope you have a great summer climbing in Montana.