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.

The sphinx is all formed up.

Submitted by whit magro on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 21:03

Steve Trafton and I climbed the Sphinx on Tuesday the 27th.  We had full winter blizzard conditions and good ice.  All the routes up there are in.

I had one windloaded pocket rip and slide when I triggered it, but other than that the conditions were stable on the approach across the north face.  Note that it snowed a lot that day and there was significant windloading happening all day.  Be careful with all the new snow!


Pine Creek

Submitted by sjhurst on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 20:02

On friday a group of us drove up into pine creek. The road was a little snow covered and rutted from just  before the camp to the campground. We were able to drive all the way to the camp ground in a Subaru Outback with a little dragging. We climbed at Blue and Green Gully. The ice was in good shape after you got past the huge plates on the surface. The snow up to the climbs was firm enough to walk on with post holing too much.

"Brown Gully" new route?

Submitted by pussboat on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 14:19

Olin and I climbed the gully to the right of "Black gully".  It sits about 20-30 feet to the right on the same cliff.  We climbed it in 2 piches, the first being sustained M4 with some loose rock to an alcolve (we cleaned a lot of it up).  The second short pitch climbs up and left to a pin we fixed at the crux (M6).  It ends at a tree belay.    Loren R.

The West Boulder

Submitted by Snarg on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 12:45

Has anyone ever done any climbs up the West Boulder or any of its side drainages? Big friggin country back there. These are up in Falls Creek on the north facing (right) side. Snowpack was pretty thin and not too much wind loading. Its only a modest 10 miles in. A highly recommended 2 day outing if you want some punishment and a little ice to climb.

Amy Barwick and I climbed these last Wednesday.

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Pine Creek 10-25-08

Submitted by christopher on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 23:56

Spent Saturday checking out the possibilities of the Pine Creek drainage, Blue, Green and Pine Creek were flowing strong as smears were beginning to form around the Gash, the best climbing was found above Jewel Lake the first lake in the Pine Creek lake cascade sequence. Super fun times and definitely some great October ice Climbing.