If you came to Canmore vacation homes looking for great spots to climb, you're in the right place. Offering multiple crags within a half hour drive from your Canmore home, you'll find just the challenge you're seeking.
Crags Close to Canmore
Located just south of Canmore you'll find the East End of Rundle Mountain, offering up some of the favored multi-pitch rock routes to scramble in the Bow corridor.
- With 13 pitches, Dropout is one of the best routes for solid rock, but isn't always in condition.
- Eeyore's Tail is climbed from the line below the left chimney; with 10 pitches, it's considered one of the best traditional routes.
- Ecoline is a fairly straight forward climb with 7 pitches; the rock, however, can be likened to a cheese grater, so it isn't skin friendly.
- Girls Lie is a 14 pitch climb with a decent line compared to other trad rock routes in the Rockies.
- Generosity with 13 pitches and decent rock can be a fast climb for seasoned climbers.
- Geriatric is a trad route with 7 pitches intersecting True Grit at numerous junctures; bolts can be confusing at times.
- Parallel Dreams is a choice sport route with somewhat spaced out bolts and unforgiving sharp limestone.
- Raptor is a 9 pitch 220m line second in popularity to True Grit. On top you reach a trail that intersects with the scramble trail for an easy descent.
- With relatively adequate rock and 11 pitches, Reprobate climbs a large upper dihedral, offering several variations from start to finish.
- True Grit is considered the best line up Rundle's steep limestone wall and touted by most to be one of the most sustained and consistent sport routes the area offers.
Off to the left of the East End of Rundle you find the short wall of Kanga Crag. With more than 20 established traditional routes, you have a lot of lines to choose from.
More Recommended Crags in the Canmore Area
Heart Creek is located 14 km east of Canmore on Highway 1 and presents some great climbs on 15 walls, with more than 130 route lines. Use the Heart Creek/Lac des Arcs exit to access the area.
- With overhanging rock and well-textured limestone, The Bayon is one of the premier sport walls in Bow Valley.
- You might also try Kung Pow, with sustained climbing that provides a slab rest before continuing to the top.
- Considered to be a short climb, Clump requires strong fingers and will definitely do you in if you're not experienced.
Not up to going it alone? If you feel you don't possess the necessary skills to face the mountain on your own then take advantage of guided tours offered by numerous local companies. Equipment and rock shoes are usually provided, so all you have to bring are snacks, water and your spirit of adventure. Book your tour at least two or three weeks prior to arriving at yourvacation home to avoid disappointment.
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