Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gallatin Canyon - Skyline Arete on Skyline Buttress 5.6 - August 12, 2010

Since we had a great day climbing on Gallatin Tower we thought we'd try another Gallatin Canyon classic called Skyline Arete, a five pitch 5.6. Since another party was on the first pitch of Skyline Buttress, we opted for an alternative 5.9 start on Ashes of Stone buttress. Anja was grumbling about climbing a 185' 5.9 on our rest day, but in the end she took the lead (the bolts were too enticing).

Skyline Arete was a beautiful, casual climb up a series of juggy towers. Ken led the crux pitch which required squeezing out a small hole at the top of a chimney.

Below: Ken on the crux pitch.

Anja squeezing out the hole.

Anja traversing the ridgeline to the summit.
Summit photos! While technically it wasn't an alpine climb, it had that feel. We had such a great time that we kept thinking "too bad its so cold in MT". Otherwise it wouldn't be a bad place to live!

After the climb we headed north to check out Bozeman. There was a street festival going on from 6-9pm called "Music on Main". Apparently, this is held every Thursday night at least in the summer. The music was great, drinking $2 pints in the street was even better, and we had a lot of fun people watching. MT definitely has some interesting folks, and in some ways seemed like Burlington, VT.

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