Im living in Western NC right now and have been looking at a trip to the Bugaboos. My brother lives in Billings MT right now but is in the process of moving to Bozeman MT. I was wondering if there are many big routes in the 5.6-5.8 range out there? Im not opposed to some aid but I was more interested in mostly free. I know the mountains are big out there, especially in comparison to our here in NC but I havent had much luck in my searches here on MP.
you'll have to wait until summer but the NE ridge of Cowen fits your bill. It's an hour and change drive from bozeman and then a short 9 mile hike in. 2 day trip, but could easily spend a week without getting bored.
Also in Gallatin Canyon (just across the road from the tower) is "Skyline Arete" a great 5 or 6 pitch 5.6 route, the MP beta isn't the greatest but it's in the Vassilopoulos guide www.mountainproject.com/v/skyline-arete/106396564 located @ 45.418591,-111.228152
Near Billings there is a bunch of towers in the Beartooths, most of which are a bit harder than 5.8. But "The Ramp" is a great 4 or 5 pitch route. It is called "Rosina Tower" on the excellent Wood & Iron works site mentioned by Dan Bachan www.mountainproject.com/v/the-ramp/106213727 located @ 45.221362,-109.631239
you'll have to wait until summer but the NE ridge of Cowen fits your bill. It's an hour and change drive from bozeman and then a short 9 mile hike in. 2 day trip, but could easily spend a week without getting bored. Left hand skyline.
This is the same route that I had in mind. Just be sure to stay close the the ridge. The face is kinda gross. This route would be good pretty much anytime the Bugaboos have good weather.