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Grab your carabiners and head out into some of the country’s best climbing spots. With dramatic rock faces, rugged crags, crack climbing and bouldering playgrounds, Western Montana offers single and multi-pitch destinations for beginners and seasoned climbers. Climb on and conquer the crux in Glacier Country. Play it safe and use one of our experienced guides if you’re new to the sport.
Nestled in the mountains and abounding with opportunities for recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation, Seeley Lake is the perfect Montana escape.
Located in the Bitterroot Valley, approximately 15 minutes south of Hamilton, this area offers crag climbing and bouldering. Lost Horse is known for its diverse terrain, great rock quality and numerous climbing options in a small area. It offers routes as long as six pitches, although most routes run at an average of two – three pitches.
Located right outside of Hamilton, this canyon is one of the most beautiful climbing destinations in the area. Known for its serious characteristics, this is the place to go for an adventurous climbing route. The canyon offers longer routes (in the range of 1,000 – 1,200 feet) that are eight – 10 pitches in length. In winter, there will frequently be ice at the beginning of the routes, offering a fun mix climb as you make your way up the ice toward the upper rock pitches.
Located in the Bitterroot Valley, Kootenai offers a variety of climbing routes, ranging from steep, sport routes to traditional climbing lines. Offering paths for every level of climber, this area presents the widest range of grades and is a fine place to learn the ropes. Plus, no climbs are longer than two pitches. If you are new to climbing in the Bitterroot, keep in mind that the rocks can be variable and crack systems are frequently smaller than they seem from the ground. Be prepared by carrying a variety of equipment and be sure to wear a helmet.
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