Book: Central Montana Rock: Climbs around Helena, Canyon Ferry & the Rocky Mountain Front

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Volume 2 is here in the Big Sky Rock series of guide books, published by Joe Josephson of First Ascent Press. Central Montana Rock focuses on crags near Helena and the Rocky Mountain Front: particularly Sheep Mountain west of Helena, Hellgate and Avalanche near Canyon Ferry, and Trout Creek Canyon and Beaver Creek near Gates of the Mountains. Author Jake Mergenthaler and his wife Kim established many first ascents in the area.

In addition to detailed route descriptions and excellent photos, there is an especially entertaining introduction by Mergenthaler that includes an anecdote about Bozeman’s own undercover rock powerhouse, Bill Dockins.