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Montana Alpine Guides

Montana Alpine Guides offers rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, avalanche education, and backpacking trips all over the globe. Based in Bozeman, MT we have operated under our existing permits since 1985.

Our Guides

MAG guides rank in as some of the best and most respected professionals in the industry with experience guiding from the Himalaya to the Rockies; from the Alaska Range to Patagonia. We regard our surrounding mountains as our second home, our classroom, and our playground. We look forward to climbing with you in Montana!

Latest News

Rock Climbing Season is Upon Us!

We're kicking off our summer season with some great climbing trips so far, and are looking forward to even more great climbing, backpacking, and trips up Gannett Peak! Join us for a group course or a day of private guided climbing and take advantage of the amazing climbing areas in Bozeman, Big Sky, and the greater Yellowstone area!

Early Backcountry Turns - October Skiing in Montana 2019 - by Ty Guarino

The backcountry ski season is fully underway here in SW Montana and it’s only October! With almost three feet of snow in the mountains, MAG guides have started switching gears to get ready for the long winter of powder laps, peak descents,…

Can I Climb Gannett?

Gannett Peak – Climbing Wyoming’s Highest Peak On a guided climb of Gannett Peak with Montana Alpine Guides it comes down to physical fitness as we handle all the rest. However, if you are on your own, there is quite a bit more to consider.…

Akio Joy Interview

Name: Aki Hometown: Placerville, California Current Residence: Bozeman, MT Years Climbing/Skiing: about 8-9 Years Guiding: 4   MAG: So Aki, you recently returned from a personal trip down in Yosemite Valley. Any highlights…
Everest, Lhotse, Montana Alpine Guides, Bozeman, Mountaineering

Geoff Schellens Interview

Name:  Geoff Schellens Hometown:  Norwich, VT Current Residence:  Bozeman, MT Years Climbing/Skiing: 20 +/- Years Guiding: 10   MAG: So Geoff, you recently returned from a successful summit of Everest and Lhotse…

Sam Hennessey Interview

We recently caught up with MAG guide, Sam Hennessey who just got back to Bozeman after spending May and most of June in the Alaska Range climbing and guiding. Here's what he had to say about his time in the Alaska Range, moonlighting…

Off the Boardwalks

Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 as the nation’s first National Park. Yellowstone is home to approximately 600 waterfalls and geysers, packs of wolves, grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, deer, herds of bison, elk,…
Rock Climbing, Bozeman, Big Sky, Montana, Climbing, Montana Alpine Guides, Rock Guides

Summer Rock Climbing

Summer in Bozeman means it's time to put away skis (some people more reluctantly than others), ice axes, and crampons in exchange for rock shoes, chalk bags, and t-shirts. With climbing access to Hyalite just a short 20 minute drive south of…
when to retire climbing ropes, when to get a new rope, climbing ropes, how many falls, when to stop using

When to Retire a Climbing Rope?

Retiring your Climbing Rope When should you retire your climbing rope is a question all climbers should ask themselves.  As a professional guide service, Montana Alpine Guides keeps regular logs and inspections as to when we retire ropes.…


“From ice climbing technique and instruction to my first ever multi pitch ice climb in the beautiful Montanta back country, Sam Magro and MAG provided an enjoyable, challenging, and safe experience. I would definitely recommend them.”

Danny Lehto

“Trystan and I had a blast climbing The Dribbles with Adam on Friday – the day was exactly what I had hoped for. Got to practice the skills we learned the day before, do a low key climb and see the area a little more … Definitely one of the highlights of our trip.”

Lisa Loper

“Thanks so much for a great day. Peter was fantastic. He was great with the kids and made the day fun. Having never ice climbed, I absolutely loved the experience and will definitely try it again next time in Montana. Thanks again for accommodating our little ones.”

Carrie Dino

“Everyone couldn’t have been nicer – and quite the crew – Pete and Stephen were terrific!  Pete was able to guide me thru my hesitation and gave excellent tips- inspired confidence.  He has such a natural way of setting people at ease … ”

Janine Young

“Montana Alpine Guides is one of the best guide services in the country. We’ve been working with Sam and his team since 2010 and its always a pleasure to get outdoors with MAG! Regardless of who we bring in as climbers, with different mental and physical health challenges, people leave motivated, excited, and stoked on the mountains!”

Stacy BareVeteran Expeditions / Sierra Club Outdoors

“I come back every year to ice-climb with Sam (Montana Alpine Guides).  He’s a great climber, a great teacher, has outstanding knowledge of the area, and always puts safety first. Sam puts the fun into serious climbing.”

E.C. Lund Pasco, WA