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If you’re a female outdoor enthusiast looking for a change of pace this winter, south-western Montana’s got some of the most breathtaking ice climbing destinations in the US. Situated outside of Bozeman and Big Sky, Hyalite Canyon and Ousel Falls’ wide variety of routes offer ample training ground for total newbies and those transitioning from rock to frozen structures. With over 204 ice cragging climbs in the stunning Hyalite Canyon and Ousel Falls, it’s practically guaranteed that you and your fellow female thrill-seekers will develop all the necessary techniques to become confident ice climbers. Your expert guide will show you the ropes of ice climbing, ensure an optimal learning environment and introduce you to these Montanan frozen gems. Get ready to learn new skills on this thrilling ice climbing adventure and strike up new friendships with like-minded women in the process!
A world of opportunities for newcomers to ice climbing
See why Hyalite Canyon is among the Top 3 US ice climbing destinations
Master new moves on outstanding ice and bond with like-minded women
Connect with other thrill-seeking ladies on this exhilarating two day introductory ice climbing adventure and grasp the basics of climbing up frozen structures. Let your expert guide navigate you on the quality ice that Montana’s Hyalite Canyon and Ousel Falls offer. Develop the necessary techniques and learn all the important aspects of ice climbing to become more confident on the icy walls ahead of you. If you have some rock climbing skills under your belt, apply them on ice and conquer various routes, all while making long-lasting friendships with your fellow female ice climbers!
On the first day of your electrifying ice climbing adventure, you’ll meet your guide at your guide’s shop in Bozeman at 7 am. You’ll then fit all the necessary gear, fill out the paperwork, and head towards Ousel Falls. Climb some of the best routes these marvelous waterfalls have to offer and your guide will make sure to show you all you need to know to become a competent ice climber. You’ll return to the shop between 3:30 and 4:30 pm.
Meet your guide at the guide shop at 7 am and head to Hyalite Canyon. Kick off the day by reviewing skills from Day 1. Your guide will slowly but surely introduce you to steeper ice climbing techniques and you’ll get all the necessary instruction and coaching. Take some of the most amazing photos on routes seeing as there are many great photo opportunities. You’ll return to the shop between 3:30 and 4:30 pm. Return the gear, debrief from the trip and grab your guiding company’s hoodie or shirt at their shop before returning home!
Here’s what you’ll learn and gain during this course:
Everyone couldn’t have been nicer – and quite the crew – Pete and Stephen were terrific! Pete was able to guide me through my hesitation and gave excellent tips- inspired confidence. He has such a natural way of setting people at ease… The challenge was attempting something physically and mentally challenging and seeing how they opened the gates in Hyalite during the winter… So many people don’t understand that winter lifestyles are captivating and stunning.
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 traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Hyalite Canyon and Ousel Falls, Montana, please refer to the Official State of Montana Government Website and Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
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:
What’s not included:
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Ice climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up ice formations using brute strength. To ensure you have fun, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level. Over the course of two days, you’ll learn the techniques, gear, and skills needed to become a competent ice climber!
No prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned ice 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.
All technical ice climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service if coordinated in advance and is included in your price. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
Here’s a list of the equipment you should bring:
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 prices:
Ice climbing days in Hyalite Canyon and Ousel Falls can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has ice climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
To get to Hyalite Canyon and Ousel Falls in Montana, most people fly into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport about 30 minutes away from Hyalite Canyon and an hour away from Ousel Falls. From there, you can rent a car or get a taxi to get to your guiding company’s shop in Bozeman.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, you will meet your guide at your guide’s shop at 13 Enterprise Blvd., Bozeman at 7 am. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.