Robbie's Rock

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SPORT

Robbie’s Rock is a small rounded slab set amongst the trees on a rib overlooking the Trans-Canada Highway. It is easily seen from the Mount Norquay interchange (looking east) a short
distance above the highway. The slab was formed by glacial action and then weathered into
a rough, monolithic exposure of perfect limestone. Although the climbs are only 20 m long
and very limited in scope, the cliff is well worth a visit for beginner climbing in a safe and
scenic environment. The expansive views and short approach are spoilt somewhat by highway
noise and tick-invested approach trails (in Spring) but the rock is pristine and currently
shows no signs of polishing. The cliff was first explored by Rob Mitchell and Rene Boisselle in
1977 who climbed the central route and top-roped the others. Kelly MacLeod retro-bolted
the routes for lead climbing in 2004 and Chas Yonge added the diagonal route in 2008. All
climbs on the main slab are now fully equipped sport routes.

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