Heading back to Hyalite was like visiting an old friend. Upon seeing it, the memories flood into the mind, as does desire to create new ones. Though the conditions of the ice was great, the snow kept piling up giving me the willies about avalanche possibilities. In the end, it took reassurances from people that successfully tried riskier climbs for me to go for some of the more intriguing gullies. Wind was a big concern too for both drifting, and chill effect. It was one of my all-time trips there. 21 crazy pitches with 6 different people! SO Grateful to friends old and new for this amazing week of ice and mixed climbing. Shout out to #sterlingropes too!
1-5-20 Jeffs L, Black Magic- m6 wi5 Unnamed Wall w/Jeremy(prime condition)
1-6 Bobo Like wi5 3p w/ Jeremy (Prime condition, deep snow though)
1-8 Dielectric Breakdown wi5 2laps w/Erik (Prime condition, hooked)
1-9 Matrix, Feeding, Scepter wi5 w/Travis (prime- too fat!Sceptrr drips in places)
1-10 G2, HomeFA M7 w/Lane (PRIMO!, though our party took off much ice, sorry)
1-11 TIG, GLO, JL wi5-Unnamed w/Lane, Jenn, Marko (prime, hooked
1-12 Cleopatras Needle wi5 2p w/Jenn( Wet! first 40′ of crux)
1-13 MC 234 WI6 w/Jenn (Prime, with MC4 being athletic and pumpy!)
What a great venue Bozeman is! No wonder it is an exploding city. Low commitment, high quality, and access, it has it all. Thanks to Icefest for keeping the road plowed.