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near Banff, Alberta (Canada)
We were here 4 April 2019
A really fun crag to go sport climbing. Nice technical routes with the grading spot on. As with all sport climbing you do need basic leading skills to be safe out here. If you are staying around Banff, we would definitely recommend to check this place out.
Area: Tunnel mountain – Black band sub area
Approach: 20 min
Shade / Sun: Some shade for the belayer / Afternoon sun
Type: Sport Climbing
Grades: 5.6 – 5.11c
How to get there
Take the ‘Hoodoo trail’ from the back of the parking lot and go left in NE direction. Keep following down the path down into the valley until you hit a sharp bend in Bow river. Walk around the ben until you see a fork. Then head left in N direction up the slope onto a small climbers trail until you hit the crag after 100 m.
A secluded crag right in the middle of a forest with some nice views over the valley and Bow river running trough. We even saw some eagles flying overhead while climbing. The wall gets mostly afternoon sun. In some spots there is some shade to be found for the belayer, but the climber will be in the sun from a few meters up.
This was a really fun crag to go climbing. All of the routes were graded on point and the climbing was quite technical with small crimps and ledges to get yourself up the wall. The friction of the rock is really good. Sometimes the first bolt of the route was placed quite high, but this could be solved by climbing a route next door. A little more up the valley there were also some good options for multipitch. We didn’t have the change to check them out, but they looked really fun.