03/07/13 - 12:49pm
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Army veteran Nick Watson jabbed an ice pick into a frozen waterfall and started up an ice-climbing route in Hyalite Canyon on a recent Wednesday afternoon.
Below, fellow veterans and Bozeman’s famed mountaineer Conrad Anker shouted encouragement.
“Put your left foot up onto that ledge right down by your knee there,” Anker yelled.
“Use your whole body — I’ve got you,” added Mike Kirby, an Army Ranger who did three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.