Woodbine Falls - Stillwater

Posted: Wed, 02/11/2009 - 08:56

Christina and I attempted to climb Woodbine falls on Saturday Feb 7th. I had never been to the area and, from the road, Woodbine seemed to be covered in ice. Temps were in the mid 40's as we hiked in on a beautiful day. Once we approached the base of the climb, we could hear and barely see another team of three above us. The falls were gushing down the middle but seemed to be good ice on either side. I followed in the steps of the team above and as I began to pull the first little step about 15 feet off the ground, the entire 20ft wide bottom of the flow broke loose exposing nothing but rock and water.  I surfed the 20 ft wide and 2-3 feet thick ice to the bottom. Fortunately for me, I was on top of all the huge chuncks of ice and was able to walk with minor injuries. I contemplated trying to scrabble/mix climb to the ice above but nothing was really holding all the ice above. And the look in Christina's eyes said we should just got the Grizzly Bar. We did and everything felt better!

McD old friend?!  NICE! 

  • Wed, 02/11/2009 - 22:21

McD old friend?!  NICE!  yup... cold brewski and a fresh pair of undies would've gotten my vote.  -exciting stuff.  Send our best to the Christina and the furry friends (whom hopefully made to the Grizzly as well).  A big salute from the Pacific!  Chris.

Great Ice

  • Thu, 02/11/2010 - 11:20

As of Feb 11, 2010 approach conditions are cake, there is hardly a trace of snow. Woodbine is in great shape and there isn't much open water. Nyes Ice also looks to be in good shape but there are new employees at the Stillwater Mine who seem to be totally unfamiliar with climber interests and it's unclear whether or not you can get legit permission. Oh and if your headed down there beware of the construction between Columbus and Absarokee. They may or may NOT have their speed limit signs out....