Some of the United States’ best mixed and ice climbing is in Hyalite Canyon on the south side of historic Bozeman, Montana. The town hosts a festival to celebrate and educate climbers on the niche sport every December.
There will be a two-day self-rescue clinic, women’s clinic, and a youth climbing clinic. Outside of these immersive classes, climbers are encouraged to climb together in the canyon and socialize over hot cocoa at the Black Diamond Advanced Base Camp. Gather at the Emerson Ballroom each evening in town for a hot meal and beers from Bridger Brewing.
On Thursday night, Conrad Anker will present the 22nd annual Mugs Stump Award, which grants funds to individual climbers and teams with unique alpine climbing objectives. The Adventure Film Festival will show Friday and Saturday before the weekend wraps with a Sunday party of dinner, drinks, and storytelling by Kelly Cordes.
It’s $60 for an all access pass alternatively you can purchase per night.
For more festival information and tickets head to Bozeman Ice Festival