Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Whitefish
Crowd-free adventures on the edge of Glacier National Park
Pristine rock climbing routes just waiting to be discovered
The beauty of Montana’s serene natural environment
Whitefish is a charming resort town tucked in the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Montana, a stone’s throw away from Glacier National Park. It has long been one of the ski industry’s best-kept secrets, but now its deep-rooted climbing scene is also starting to turn heads. And deservedly so—Montana’s untouched crags are a perfect getaway from hyped-up spots that attract big crowds. Come and warm up on Upper Stow Water Canyon, then seek out the mighty Koocanusa Reservoir or stone hill, with 600-700 sport and trad routes on top-quality quartzite. The forest shade and cool mountain stream make this a delightful place to climb even in the summer.
June through September
Kalispell and Glacier National Park are just a 30-minute drive
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Custom Private Half Day of Rock Climbing
Enjoy a half-day of rock climbing on some of the finest rock in northwest Montana. Join a seasoned local guide on the cliffs of Upper Stow Water Canyon, and spend several hours climbing with a fully customized itinerary designed to meet the needs of your group. Meant for climbers with prior experience on the rocks.
Custom Private Full Day of Rock Climbing
This full-day rock climbing trip is designed for climbers with previous experience who are looking to challenge themselves in a new environment. Depending on your needs and skill level, your guide will create a unique itinerary that will take you through the best climbing spots in Stone hill, the biggest climbing area in the Koocanusa reservoir.
Custom Private Half-day Single-Pitch Workshop
These helpful workshops are designed to help recreational climbers take their skills to the next level. Your guide will cater the curriculum to your goals and objectives with special emphasis put on developing fundamentals. You will learn how to build anchors and take your first steps in sport lead climbing and traditional lead climbing.
Custom Private Full-day Intro to Climbing Course
Spend an entire day immersing yourself in the world of climbing in Montana’s tranquil forest environment. This intro will provide you with a strong foundation in tying knots, belaying and teach you the principles of rock climbing. With a dedicated guide by your side, your time on the site will be utilized to the fullest.
Custom Private Full-day Family Climbing Trip
Organizing an outing for the entire family can be quite a challenge, so why not let your trusty guides do the work for you? As experts in creating multi-generational climbing adventures they will ensure that everyone in your family feels included and enjoys a fun day on the rocks. Climbing together is a great way of improving communication, building trust and making memories that will last forever.
Meet your guide
The Mountain Guides Montana
Things to know
Covid measures in Whitefish, Montana
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Whitefish, MT, please refer to the State of Montana’s government website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full-day of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
No prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on the go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The group size for these private climbs are usually between 1–5 people with one guide.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days in Whitefish can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- Minors as young as 5 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
Flights come into Glacier International Airport (FCA) daily, while Amtrak arrives once per day.
From Glacier National Park, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to reach Whitefish.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.