With over 225 pitches of naturally forming and easily accessible ice that have always offered quality and “full-on” conditions by Thanksgiving–combined with a reliable access through a unique collaboration between the public, Forest Service and County government that has received national attention–Hyalite Canyon is recognized as a premier ice climbing destination on par with anywhere in the U.S.
As a birth place of new techniques by Pat Callis in the early 1970s; through the 1980s explorations of Jack Tackle; followed by the ground-breaking, legendary ascents of Alex Lowe in the 1990s; to the hardest mixed routes of the 21st Century by Sam Elias and Whit Magro; to the enduring memory and legacy of Guy Lacelle; Hyalite offers one of the richest and most important climbing heritages in the world.
- Alpinist published a full-length “Crag Profile” on the history of Hyalite ice climbing in Issue #36 (October 2011). Copies will be available at the Ice Fest.
- Joe Josephson’s award-winning guidebook “Winter Dance Select Ice Climbs in Montana & Wyoming” is available to ice festival participants at a special price.
- A completely new and updated Hyalite-specific guidebook is in the works. Stay tuned for updates.