The First, Best Ice Fest: Climbing For a Cause

Just 10 minutes south of Downtown Bozeman is one of America’s most influential and renowned ice climbing zones. Hyalite Canyon’s 250+ established ice climbing routes, pristine scenery and consistent ice conditions are what put climbing here at the tippy top of many ice climbers’ lifetime bucket lists. And for many, the Bozeman Ice Festival turns those dreams into reality.

Held every year in early December, “Ice Fest” fuses athletic events like professionally-led on-ice climbing clinics and safety seminars with evening entertainment such as screenings of adventure films, talks with world-class mountaineers and some of Bozeman’s best après events of the winter season. All of the activities associated with Ice Fest happen in the name of benefitting Friends of Hyalite: An organization that works with the US Forest Service and Gallatin County to ensure that the Hyalite Canyon Road stays open throughout Bozeman’s snowy winter season.

Ice climbers are an intrinsically dedicated group of people, so when they’re presented with an opportunity to go ice climbing for the sake of bettering their beloved sport, they rally harder than most. Each evening during the Bozeman Ice Festival, the tight-knit climbing community’s infectious energy is felt throughout the entire city of Bozeman as they return from the hills to take over the Emerson Cultural Center for seven consecutive nights of non-stop, (mostly) family-friendly fun.

 Below is a full schedule and description of events, provided courtesy of Bozeman Ice Festival. For registration details and more information, visit: www.bozemanicefest.com

 Hyalite Canyon Clinics

Taking place on select routes in legendary Hyalite canyon, on-ice clinics are the heart and soul of the Bozeman Ice Festival (BIF). They’re the perfect opportunity to safely gain experience and skills from the best in the business. Full-day clinics are highly regarded for the opportunity for all participants to learn from and climb with professional guides, sponsored athletes and climbing legends.

Clinics are held from 9am to 3pm daily. Most full-day clinics include demos of the best technical gear on the planet including, boots, crampons, axes, harnesses, helmets and clothing (pick up the night before). 5+ hours of on-ice instruction by world-class climbers and guides, free admission to most of the BIF in-town events (including our special screening of “Dawn Wall”), raffle tickets for the industry’s best gear giveaways, plus plenty of additional swag.

Ladies Only:

Since 2006, Bozeman has hosted the best women’s-only clinics in the country. The women’s clinics are catered specifically to the way women learn and climb, with an emphasis on camaraderie and a supportive environment.

 Off-Ice Festivities Schedule:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD:

Special Screening of “El Capitan,” a film by Fred Padula

  • 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Lockhorn Cider House
  • Free to the public. Special gear raffles from BIF sponsors.

Originally filmed in 1968 on the “The Nose” route and premiered a decade later, “El Capitan” is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful climbing films of all time.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH:

American Alpine Club Gear Swap & Special Presentation by Jeff Shapiro. Presented by RAB

  • 5:00pm to 10:00pm at Lockhorn Cider House
  • Presentation at 7:30pm
  • Free to the public.

Jeff Shapiro found climbing at a young age in Washington’s North Cascades. Almost 30 years and many summits later, Jeff will share his story about the partnerships and friendships that keep him coming back. The presentation will focus on two of Jeff’s first ascents in the greater ranges of the world.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH:

Après-climb with Bridger Brewing

  • 5:00pm to 7:30pm at Emerson Ballroom
  • Free to the public. Craft Beer. Swag Raffles. BIF Merchandise. Gear Rentals.

Special 50th anniversary screening of “Mountain of Storms,” featuring special guest Dick Dorworth. Presented by Patagonia

  • 7:30pm at Emerson Crawford Theater
  • General Seating. Senior and Student Discounts. $12 admission or VIP Pass

In 1968, five friends set out on a 5,000-mile road trip in a white Ford van bound for South America. They packed surfboards, skis and climbing gear and documented the whole trip on a 16mm Bolex camera.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6TH

Après-climb with Bridger Brewing

  • 5:00pm to 7:30pm at Emerson Ballroom
  • Free to the public. Craft Beer. Swag Raffles. BIF Merchandise. Gear Rentals.

Presentation of “North Ridge,” featuring British climber Tom Livingstone. Presented by Mountain Equipment
Special Guests – The Bear Canyon Singers and Dancers

  • 7:30pm at Emerson Crawford Theater
  • General Seating. Senior and Student Discounts. $15 admission or VIP Pass

In August 2018, word filtered out of Pakistan that the fabled North Ridge of Latok 1 (7,145m) had finally been climbed. Following on the heals of a dramatic helicopter rescue of a Russian climber, Slovenian’s Ales Cesen and Luka Strazar, and Tom Livingstone made the first ascent of the mountain from the north via a variation to the North Ridge, and only the peak’s second ascent ever.

Come to the Emerson Crawford Theater to hear Tom Livingstone tell his story first hand and share his thoughts on this historic ascent.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7TH

Après-climb with Bridger Brewing

  • 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Emerson Ballroom
  • Free to the public. Craft Beer. Swag Raffles. BIF Merchandise. Gear Rentals.

“The Dawn Wall,” a film by Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer and Brett Lowell

  • 8:00pm at Emerson Crawford Theater
  • General Seating. Senior and Student Discounts. $18 admission or VIP Pass

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention.

MATINEE – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

Adventure Film Festival

10:00am to 1:00pm OR 1:30pm to 4:00pm at Emerson Crawford Theater

General Seating. Senior and Student Discounts.

$15 admission per 3-hour screening, AFF Pass ($20) or VIP Pass

Screenings of the best adventure and conservation films of the year

Special Guests & Events to be announced

Raffles for the best dang gear on the planet

Après-climb with Bridger Brewing

  • 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Emerson Ballroom
  • Free to the public. Craft Beer. Swag Raffles. BIF Merchandise. Gear Rentals.

MAIN EVENT – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

“Free Solo,” a film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin (two screenings)

  • 6:30pm and 9:00pm at Emerson Crawford Theater
  • Reserved Seating. Senior and Student Discounts. $20 admission, includes entry into special raffle
  • 10% of our proceeds from this screening will be donated to the Honnold Foundation.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (MERU) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin partner with National Geographic to produce a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: Climbing the face of the 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park—without a rope.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

Local Legends Dinner & Wrap Party with special guest and 2018 Piolet d’Or winner, Anne Gilbert-Chase. Presented by Patagonia.

  • 6:00pm at Emerson Ballroom
  • Senior and Student Discounts. $20 admission or VIP Pass (limited seating for this high demand event)
  • Aprés-climb beverages by Bridger Brewing
  • Gourmet dinner
  • Presentation by Anne Gilbert-Chase on her ascent, with Chantel Astroga, of Denali’s Slovak Direct, one of the hardest alpine routes in North America.
  • Presentation of the 2018 Guy Lacelle Hyalite Service Award to Hyalite Canyon USFS Law Enforcement Officer, Paige Leddy.
  • Stoke Raffle Winner
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