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Ice Climber Soloing a Steep Classic in Montana

Matt Cornell smoothly climbs one of Hyalite's most-climbed WI5 routes

Matt Cornell is arguably one of the North America’s best alpine and ice climbers going into 2023. From big routes in Alaska to bold solo in Yosemite, Cornell has climbed several standout routes.

In this short video, Cornell climbs The Scepter, a classic WI5 in Hyalite Canyon that got a first ascent back in 1980. By the end of the season, this must-do is often hacked out, but in prime conditions it offers steep climbing at the grade.

Before watching Cornell solo The Scepter, see him climbing a new route in Michigan above Lake Superior last weekend below.

The Scepter WI5