Bozeman Rock Climbing Festival

Presented by Montana Alpine Guides

September 8th-9th, 2018

CLINICS:

Intro to Rock Climbing – Traditional Lead Climbing – Multi-pitch Climbing – Clinic Companion/Self Rescue (DETAILS BELOW)

FESTIVAL ITINERARY

Saturday, September 8th

8:00am | Meet at Montana Alpine Guides to split into clinic groups and carpool/caravan to clinic locations. Guides and instructors will be waiting on location with ropes set up.

9:00am – 3:30pm | Rock Climbing Clinics

5:00pm – 8:00pm | Gathering @ Lockhorn Cider House

8:00pm | FREE MOVIE! : Inspiring Film on first free ascent of “Women at Work” on 2,000′ Mt Proboscis in Canada

Sunday, September 9th

8:00am | Meet at Montana Alpine Guides Office to split into clinic groups and carpool/caravan to clinic locations. Guides and instructors will be waiting on location with ropes set up.

9:00am – 3:30pm | Rock Climbing Clinics

5:30 | Community Potluck Dinner – BYO Everything and gather with the climbing community to eat food and mingle. Location: TBA on Saturday, September 8th.

Festival Sign Up

Pick your course. Spots are limited to 4-6 participants/course/day. All bookings are on a first come first serve basis. We don’t currently have online booking available for this event.

Reservations can be made by phone @ 406-586-8430 or email info@mtalpine.com

We need the following information:

  1. Preferred course/courses and date(s)
  2. # in your group
  3. Your past experience relative to this trip
  4. Gear requests for each person (helmet, shoe, and waist size for climbing)
  5. Credit Card information to book your trip (if paying by phone, otherwise you can pay directly from the invoice we will create for you)
  6. Signed forms, fill out forms here.

Once we get this information:

  1. You will receive an invoice or receipt from MAG, which can be paid directly online via the link at the bottom of your email. NOTE: We must receive payment to reserve a guide for your dates. Your trip is NOT reserved until payment is received.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email from info@mtalpine.com with trip details including: meeting times, locations, equipment lists, etc. Please take the time to fill in your requested gear needs from MAG.
  3. At that point, your trip is booked! You can always feel free to call or write us to discuss any trip details.
Intro to Rock Climbing

DESCRIPTION:  If you have never climbed before or want to take your gym-climbing skills outside to a real crag and begin to acquire the skills needed to climb outside while meeting other climbers – then this is the right course for you. This is an abbreviated version of our Gym to Crag Series: Level 1.

OVERVIEW: Our professional climbing guides teach skills necessary for students to evolve into proficient outdoor climbers.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • Introduction to outdoor climbing – LOTS OF CLIMBING and coaching!
  • Risk management at the cliff/crag
  • Top rope belaying outside, belay positioning on uneven terrain
  • Back up belaying
  • Top rope anchors: from bolts
  • Safety considerations, avoidance, and mitigation
  • Introduction to leading, back clipping, “Z” clipping (by “Mock Leading”)
  • Anchor cleaning
  • Directional points

PREREQUISITES:  No experience necessary

PRICE: $75 (1-DAY CLINIC) *does not include 3.5% Land Use Charge*

DATE & TIME: One Day Clinic

Saturday 9/8 @ 8:00 – 4:00 OR

Sunday 9/9 @8:00-4:00

CLIMBING LOCATION: Red Cliff (just south of Big Sky)

MEETING LOCATION: 8:00am @ Gallatin County Fairgrounds

MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: 3 climbers

RATIO: Max 6:1

INCLUDED:

  • Professional climbing guide
  • Personal Climbing Gear (rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet)
  • Group Gear: Ropes, carabiners, climbing protection, slings, cordelettes, etc.

EXCLUDED:

  • Food, transport, lodging
  • Technical clothing, backpack, etc.
  • Rescue insurance
  • Trip insurance
  • Guide gratuity
  • Unforeseen expenses from circumstances outside of Montana Alpine Guides’ control
Traditional Lead Climbing

DESCRIPTION:  Intrigued by leading traditional rock climbs but intimidated by knowing how to safely protect climbs? Do you lead sport routes in the gym or outside and want to open up the doors to more options? Join one of MAGs professional guides to learn the safety and art to protecting traditional rock climbs and gain the confidence needed to safely go out on your own.

OVERVIEW: This course is for those who have experience leading sport climbs and want to tap in to the multitude of classic traditional routes and or alpine objectives abound.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • Risk assessments and crag hazards
  • Gear placements and removal, protection evaluation (cams, nuts, other)
  • Multi-point/multi-directional anchor construction
  • Fall factors and forces created
  • Technique and lead-climbing strategy
  • Mock leading scenarios
  • Lead belays
  • Equipment selection and use
  • Constructive teaching and review of all gear placement by professional guides.
  • Intro to multi-pitch scenarios as time permits

PREREQUISITES:  Climbers enrolling in our Traditional Rock Course should have a background in lead climbing sport climbs, basic belay skills, and knots. Contact us about options if you feel you need to gain these skills. Combine this course with our Multi-Pitch Climbing Course for a solid foundation in traditional climbing skills and techniques. You can also gain the prerequisite skills in our Leading Sport Course.

PRICE: $95 (1-DAY CLINIC) *does not include 3.5% Land Use Charge*

DATE & TIME: One Day Clinic

Saturday 9/8 @ 8:00 – 4:00 OR

Sunday 9/9 @8:00-4:00

CLIMBING LOCATION: Gallatin Canyon

MEETING LOCATION: 8am @ Gallatin County Fairgrounds

MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: 3 climbers

RATIO: Max 6:1

INCLUDED:

  • Professional climbing guide
  • Personal Climbing Gear (rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet)
  • Group Gear: Ropes, carabiners, climbing protection, slings, cordelettes, etc.

EXCLUDED:

  • Food, transport, lodging
  • Technical clothing, backpack, etc.
  • Rescue insurance
  • Trip insurance
  • Guide gratuity
  • Unforeseen expenses from circumstances outside of Montana Alpine Guides’ control
Multi-Pitch Climbing Course

DESCRIPTION:  Through our Multi-Pitch Climbing Course participants will acquire the necessary skills to attempt longer climbs on their own. This course is a great continuation from our Traditional Lead Climbing Course.

OVERVIEW: This course is designed for those with past traditional climbing experience and or as a continuation from our Traditional Climbing Course. Participants will be exposed to the skills and techniques needed to safely and efficiently begin to climb on the multitude of inspiring multi-pitch routes found locally and throughout the world.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • Safety and risk recognition involved with multi-pitch climbing
  • Climbing communication (including when you can’t see or hear your partner)
  • Lead belaying and belaying from above
  • Multi-pitch anchor management and transitions
  • Safely lowering a climber with an engaged auto-lock device from above
  • Selecting objectives and creating strategies
  • Equipment selection for intended routes
  • Route finding, retreat/escape plans and options
  • Ropes: one vs. two, and two vs. one rope with one tag line
  • Multi-pitch rappels

PREREQUISITES:  Climbers enrolling in our Multi Pitch Rock Course should have some background in lead climbing traditional rock climbs, basic belay skills, and knots. To gain those skills consider our Traditional Climbing Course offered the day prior to this course. You can also gain the prerequisite skills in our Leading Sport Course.

PRICE: $125 (1-DAY CLINIC) *does not include 3.5% Land Use Charge*

DATE & TIME: One Day Clinic

Saturday 9/8 @ 8:00 – 4:00 OR

Sunday 9/9 @8:00-4:00

CLIMBING LOCATION: Gallatin Canyon

MEETING LOCATION: 8am @ Gallatin County Fairgrounds

RATIO: Max 4:1

INCLUDED:

  • Professional climbing guide
  • Personal Climbing Gear (rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet)
  • Group Gear: Ropes, carabiners, climbing protection, slings, cordelettes, etc.

EXCLUDED:

  • Food, transport, lodging
  • Technical clothing, backpack, etc.
  • Rescue insurance
  • Trip insurance
  • Guide gratuity
  • Unforeseen expenses from circumstances outside of Montana Alpine Guides’ control
Self Rescue Course (2 Days)

DESCRIPTION:  Would you know what to do if your climbing partner was injured mid-climb? Climbing can easily lead us into dangerous situations where being self-sufficient can make the difference between life and death. How would you deal with a stuck rope, too short a rope, bad weather, mandatory retreat, or an injury that could leave you and your partner incapacitated? This Self-Rescue course is designed to teach participants the skills and techniques necessary to improvise a safe way out of a crisis situation. We will utilize the standard equipment used on a typical day of climbing. These techniques can be effective on snow, rock and ice.

OVERVIEW: Learn climbing rescue techniques for yourself and your partners

TOPICS COVERED:

  • Safety planning, risk assessment, management, and mitigation
  • Raising/Hauling systems for self rescue – 2:1, 3:1, 5:1, 6:1
  • Pick-Offs – patient pickoffs for self-rescue, Multi-Pitch Descents with a Patient
  • Rappelling (standar, extended, counterbalance, tandem and pre-rigged)
  • Lowering Systems – with a munter, tube-style device, auto-blocking device, and break assisted device.
  • Rope ascension techniques – friction-hitch systems, auto-blocking devices, and assisted braking device
  • Escaping the belay- from above or below; off an auto-blocking device/anchor or your harness
  • Anchor options and systems
  • Passing Knots, Load Transfers
  • Knots , bends, & hitches used in self rescue
  • Load releasable hitches – munter-mule
  • Equipment use and improvisation options

PREREQUISITES:  Climbers enrolling in MAG’s Companion/Self Rescue course should have experience in multi-pitch climbing. Private courses are available for those lacking this experience. Upon completion of our Self Rescue Course participants will have acquired the knowledge to carry out a straightforward self-rescue in the midst of vertical climbing terrain.

PRICE: $250 (2-DAY CLINIC) *does not include 3.5% Land Use Charge*

DATE & TIME: Two Day Course

Saturday 9/8 @ 8:00 – 4:00 AND Sunday 9/9 @8:00-4:00

CLIMBING LOCATION: Gallatin Canyon

MEETING LOCATION: 8am @ Gallatin County Fairgrounds

RATIO: Max 4:1

INCLUDED:

  • Professional climbing guide
  • Personal Climbing Gear (rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet)
  • Group Gear: Ropes, carabiners, climbing protection, slings, cordelettes, etc.

EXCLUDED:

  • Food, transport, lodging
  • Technical clothing, backpack, etc.
  • Rescue insurance
  • Trip insurance
  • Guide gratuity
  • Unforeseen expenses from circumstances outside of Montana Alpine Guides’ control
What our clients say about us

“We had a great time climbing Gallatin Tower in the Gallatin River Valley. Our group ranged in age from 8 to 43. Our guides, Genevieve and Kyle, were able to find routes to accommodate all of us. They really did a fantastic job.”

Mike C.

“Had the best time climbing with Montana Alpine Guides. Sam is a fantastic guide that I would recommend to anyone visiting Montana and the surrounding areas.”

Neal H.

Event Dates

Sept. 8-9, 2018

All clinics except for Self Rescue are 1-day clinics with options for Saturday or Sunday

Cost

Intro to Rock Climbing: $75 (1-day clinic)

Traditional Lead Climbing: $95 (1-day clinic)

Multi-Pitch Climbing Course: $125 (1-day clinic)

Self/Companion Rescue: $250 (2-day clinic)

*does not include 3.5% Land Use Charge*

Ratio

Max 4 : 1 or Max 6 : 1