Madison, Gallatin, Absaroka Mountain Ranges


Post notices here of climbing outside Hyalite Canyon, but still in the near area: The Sphinx, Pine Creek, Mission Creek, etc.

Sphinx is in!

Submitted by Doug Chabot on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 10:41

Mark Staples and I climbed the Lowe Route on the Sphinx yesterday (Sunday, Oct 14).  The trail is dry,  the north face just has a few cm of snow and the ice is in, but thin. Bring a few extra stubby screws.  The ice was drippy and I anticipate it will get thicker quickly.  The first pitch has a long way to go to form.

Vidoe about future avalanche concerns posted at:



Crazy Mountain Ice Conditions

Submitted by Snarg on Mon, 12/12/2011 - 21:22

Couldn't find the Crazies anywhere else on the site.

Ron and I went out Saturday 12/10/11 and climbed "Duuptakoishe" 160' of ice or so. 5 mile or so walk back up the Rock Creek drainage on the South side of the range. Nice melt freeze flow that is starting to sublimate away. 120' first pitch of 4+, a gully slog and a little 20' pillar of 4ish ice above. You can walk off real easy.


In other news... for conditions concerning any of the other climbs up Cottonwood, Big Timber, or Sweet Grass Creek