the Winter Ascent
Every year when the terrain changes with the season, there’s a new adventure. A rushing waterfall in the summer provides a cool mist at the end of a hike, but in the winter when it freezes over—you climb it. Harness up for an alpine ice excursion in Montana’s Yellowstone Country. With over 200 pitches, Hyalite Canyon, just south of Bozeman, is one of the premier ice climbing destinations in the U.S. Both experts and beginners enjoy diverse, accessible climbing on reliable ice. Classes are offered by outfitters in Bozeman, and Hyalite Canyon hosts an annual Ice Climbing Festival in early December. For the experienced ice climber, check out the Absaroka-Beartooth mountain range, as well as Cooke City, Montana.