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.

Pine Creek Ice

Submitted by kterrio81 on Sat, 04/17/2010 - 22:44

Major avalanche activity up Pine creek.  All slopes.  Experienced massive avalanche while climbing Blue route today.  Climber managed to withstand while on lead, belayer managed to find shelter.  Size of avalanche forced a downclimb/lower.  Climber managed to come down clean and escape the fall zone before 2nd avalanche.  If climbing, recommend belay from climbers left at rock band below climb only.  2nd avalanche was twice as long, constant fall for approx. 8-10 sec 10-15 min.

Pine Creek: Green/Blue Gully

Submitted by veritascs on Tue, 02/09/2010 - 16:30

I was climbing last Saturday, 2/6/2010, and was halfway up the Green Gully when the Blue Gully completely blew out. It scared the crap outta me so I quickly finished the route. Needless to say we were done climbing that day. The avalanche made it about halfway down gully after the ice climb and had a significant amount of snow (enough to blow you right off while climbing). I'd suggest caution over the next week until this fresh layer of snow settles or slides.

Cottonmouth 1/22/10

Submitted by JustinMT on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 13:56

Heidi and I made the trek up Middle Cottonwood in the Bridgers on Friday. We found the trail to be well packed all the way to the ice. The route was in better shape than I expected considering the warmer temperatures as of late. The ice was fat until the last quarter of the route, where a spicy move or two through a thin section gained bomber frozen turf placements to the top. A spectre could be useful I suppose, and bring the stubbys for sure!

Have fun out there! -Justin : )

09/10 Pine Creek

Submitted by Snarg on Wed, 12/23/2009 - 23:59

Super fun ice up in Pine Creek on Dec 21. Posted about blue&green gully in a different thread. I didn't realize there was so much WI 3/4 below the pillars of East of Paradise. Cool climb and memorable! On the upper part my screw started a fountain that wouldn't shut off - wish I had a picture of that!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! - Olin

Green Gully

Submitted by JoJo on Thu, 11/26/2009 - 18:02

Fellow East Sider, Felicia and I did a turkey trot up Green Gully. It's in the most fun shape I've seen in years. Super good ice with awesome runnels at the top. It's thin in places so you have to be a bit careful with your placements and screws but the gear is good and you can pull on good sticks the whole way.

A #5 Hex (or equivalent) and stubbies help near the top as well as #3 Camelot right at the end.

Go take a lap before it gets fat. It's super worth doing right now!