Fat Chance

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Montana, United States, North America
Route Type:
Ice Climbing
Time Required:
Less than two hours
WI3-4 I
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Fat Chance
Created On: Oct 13, 2009
Last Edited On: Mar 2, 2010


Fat Chance is a great and usually overlooked climb in Hyalite Canyon. It is typically one of the first to form and last to melt in the canyon. Many pass this climb on their way to the Mummy Cooler climbs, but it serves as a good warm-up and a good climb itself.


Begin at the Grotto Falls trailhead. Hike a short distance (15 minutes) up the trail to the big amphitheatre on the left. Hike up the talus or snow field, depending on the season, to the left side of the amphitheatre. The climb is the large bulge of ice running down the left end of the amphitheatre.

Route Description

Fat Chance: 100' WI3-4
FA: Unknown
The route can be split into a left and right side - the left being easier. Begin at the base and follow any line that looks welcoming to you. The left side offers flowing sections of WI3 while the right offers a sustained WI4 climb. Once at the top, climb through the trees and bushes to the anchor around a tree. You probably won't see it at first but keep slogging up and you will. A tree fell recently on this small slog that you should crawl under to prevent rope drag, which can be a nuisance but done easily.

Essential Gear

Ice screws to your comfort level, you should be fine with 5 screws.

Fat Chance

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