Robbie's Rock

Canada | Banff | Banff Rock


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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