Category Archives: Yankee Jim Canyon

Yankee Jim!

Lot’s going on at Yankee Jim nowadays.  New areas, new problems and new projects galore.  First off, over the last few weeks I put up three new problems at the Loco-Motives on what I’m calling the Crazy Train Boulder.  This boulder is about 50 feet due south of the HO boulder and is super easy to find.  It doesn’t have the best landing, but it’s managable with a couple pads.  All three problems are high quality and worth doing.  Here’s a video showcasing the three:

I also made it up to the new area Jeff and I found and put up a few new ones.  No photos and the video didn’t turn out great, but there should be a bunch more problems there.  That area, the Lower Hidden Valley, is one of two new confirmed areas.  There are also a few other areas that haven’t been scouted but should produce some goods.  Needless to say, Yankee Jim ain’t tapped.

Also, an excellent new problem was put up at what has to be one of the oldest bouldering areas in the state – the Yankee Jim Campground.  The new one is a relatively old project that fell into obscurity until Jeff got re-psyched on it.  Him and Jon Scott went out and did the obvious stand start calling it “Montana’s Most Wanted”.  After a handful of ascents, it sounds like it will settle at V7 .  There’s also a super good/hard sit start that adds a few moves and at least a few grades.   Here’s a few photos of it from yesterday:

Texas flashing "Montana's Most Wanted"

"Montana's Most Wanted"

Henry sending

Good times were had by all...

"Montana's Most Wanted"

And last but not least, a litte more HAPS:

Hope y’all are having as much fun as we are!

-EC

the Last Few Weeks…

Alright, haven’t posted in a while so I’m just going to see if I can put everything in one big post.

First off, I went to Yellowstone over Memorial weekend.  Didn’t get any bouldering in, but I took some photos that turned out ok so I though I’d share:

In between bouts of rain and roped climbing, I’ve managed to get out bouldering a bunch.  Spent a few days at Whiskey developing, climbing established obscurities, and taking photos/vids:

Care Bear Flake of Fright, V0

the Shortest Straw, V2

my spotter, Seq-knar

Also, made it out to Yankee Jim for a few days doing the same.  Have some good video of some excellent new problems right in the heart of the Locomotives (about 50ft from Gigarete), but I’ve got a couple more to finish up then I’ll post up video of them all.  Also, Ho and I found a nice little valley of boulders in Yankee Jim that are only about 10 minutes from the road.  Not gonna be another Locomotives, but it should produce at least a few good ones.  Should be more on that in the future as well.

Lastly, not bouldering related, the Bozeman area has two new 5.13’s, put up by the usual suspects – Jeff Ho and Kyle Vassilopoulos.  Jeff did “Swamp Thing” (mid 13) a line he bolted last year at the Swamp in Hyalite.  Kyle did “Vincent” (5.13d) a long standing project at Frog Rock.  Nice work guys!

-EC

Spring Fling Recap

Spring Fling went down at Spire last weekend.  Let’s see, Kevin Macartney and Inge Perkins won the adult comp on Friday night.  I managed to take a few photos.

Also, I went out to Yankee Jim today and was really surprised by the snow, or lack of.  Yankee Jim is completely bone dry – no snow… so go get some.  Back to the photos:

-EC