Ice Climbs Status Charts
1/16/2020- Not much has changed for ice conditions since early December in Hyalite Canyon. That’s in part what makes this canyon so incredible. The conditions are incredibly reliable throughout the whole winter. In general, some climbs are fatter, the thinner lines that have dried up are more brittle, but all in all there is little to no change. Enjoy!
From November – April 1st, Montana Alpine Guides will be updating ice climbing conditions for Hyalite Canyon and other southwest Montana areas on a weekly basis.
What may be “in” for one climber may be a fright fest for the next. Enjoy it for what it is; an ego boost or lesson in humility. We are just providing a general idea on conditions, but not too much info in order to keep some adventure in this pursuit.
Ice conditions change drastically from day to day, so it is up to you the climber to decide if a route is “in” for your own abilities, acceptance of risk, etc. We will be listing routes with “YES” if the ice is in and some one has climbed it, “NO” if it’s not in, “MAYBE” for routes that were close at the time of our last observation, and “?” which means we simply don’t know. Again, this list is merely a reference and it’s up to you to find out the latest condition of a route and make your own call. Ice climbing grades can vary one number grade in either direction so keep that in mind and make your own assessments. We have decided to make this list after numerous inquiries, we hope this is a valuable resource for our climbing community at large. Keep in mind that routes can fall out of shape/conditions in an hour. Take this list with a grain of salt and walk up there to find out the final condition, you may even find it to be “in” if you are willing to rock climb over enough choss.
Help us keep this list – We have 4-8 ice climbing guides who frequent the canyon both for work and play, but we need and want your input. If you see that a route has melted out, fallen down, formed, or feel it’s in different condition from our list please let us know by sending emails to email@example.com.
For the latest avalanche conditions please visit the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Advisory.