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Dec 7, 2012
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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.

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Cody
photocodo
From Hendersonville, NC
Joined May 15, 2012
123 points
Dec 7, 2012
try this
woodandironworks.com/beartooth...
also there is an alpine climbing guide that was published recently, available at local shops but I can't find it online, sorry.
Dan Bachen
Joined Mar 8, 2010
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Dec 7, 2012
on top of the RNWF June 2012
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.
Keenan Waeschle
From Bozeman, MT
Joined Feb 8, 2010
217 points
Dec 9, 2012
Me on Supercrack
Near Bozeman you could do the standard route up Gallatin tower, at three pitches it's not exactly a big wall, but it is conveniently located right next to the road. mountainproject.com/v/standard...
located @ 45.416881,-111.234063

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
mountainproject.com/v/skyline-...
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
mountainproject.com/v/the-ramp...
located @ 45.221362,-109.631239
MTKirk
From Billings, MT
Joined Dec 20, 2011
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Dec 9, 2012
Mean Green P2
Keenan Waeschle wrote:
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.
jack s.
From Kamloops, BC
Joined Jan 11, 2011
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