Entries by Sam Magro

Hyalite Ice Conditions 11/20/18

This year is lining up to be another banner year in Hyalite!  As of now most routes are in climbable condition, though routes that receive more sun have taken a bit of a hit from the last few warm days. Mean while the smears are getting just the right recipe to grow.  Routes that don’t […]

Flanders and Main Drainage

We climbed Narcolepsy in Flanders and had good views of other routes in the area. Released a small wind slab on the approach. Just sn’ice in the middle section with no good gear, but easier climbing. Other MAG guides ventured else where in Main Drainage (Alex’s Solo, Cleos, etc.). We updated our Conditions Page and […]

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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 from the trip? What did you climb? AJ: One that stuck out was climbing Snake Dike on Half Dome with my sister. […]

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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 with a private client… What was that like? Any specific highlights of the trip that stood out? GS:  It was an amazing experience, […]

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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 as a janitor, and tacos. Name: Sam Hennessey Hometown: Port Angeles, WA […]

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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, and 4,097,710 people (visits in 2015). Don’t get us wrong, we love that people come to Yellowstone National Park […]

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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 town, it’s hard not to climb every day of the summer. Here at Montana […]

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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.  This level of professionalism is expected.  We often get the question from participants in our Climbing Courses, […]

Can I Climb Gannett Peak?

We have guided dozens of trips up Gannett Peak (WY state high point), so it’s logical that we receive numerous calls asking “Can I Climb Gannett?” Our response always rings the same, “On a guided trip with Montana Alpine Guides, it comes down to physical fitness as we handle all the rest”. However, if you […]

Spring Gear Sale

Montana Alpine Guides is having a sale on all of our current ice climbing equipment in an effort to make room for next years gear.  Most climbing gear is in great shape. The sale includes gear we use for our clients while guiding and some of our rental gear as well will through the end of […]