Relatively one of the newer climbing areas along the Escarpment, The Swamp combines challenging
climbs of all grades with a high number of routes to choose from, making it one of the best climbing areas along the Escarpment. This crag saw development by a few devoted folks, most of it primarily through the dedicated time and effort of Gus Alexandropoulos. Route names, wall area names, and some route grades originate from Gus. We appreciate the time and money he and others have put into this area that is enjoyed by many! For a complete guide to The Swamp, please refer to Gus and Justin Dwyer’s guidebook, Ontario Climbing Vol. 2: The Northern Escarpment”, available at ontarioclimbing.com. Season-wise, The Swamp is best climbed in the spring and fall when the trees have less coverage, the humidity is low, and biting insects are not around. Black flies in late May to June can be horrendous. Carry mosquito repellent for July and August, but don’t get it on your gear!
Climbing at The Swamp is tolerated, based on a recent review by the Ministry of Natural Resources
(MNR). This means it is your responsibility to respect the area and be on your best behaviour to protect
access. Keep a low profile, stay on the trail, respect hikers and mountain bikers, pack everything out
(apple cores, banana peels, other people’s garbage you see), and try to do your business in the porta-potty at the parking lot before heading in. The MNR may choose to restrict access to specific areas for further research. As everywhere else, please respect closures, as it affects access elsewhere. The OAC website has the most up-to-date information, so check back frequently. The Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association (KWTA) maintains the parking lot, port-a-potty, and trails, and are considering putting up signage for The Swamp. Please considering leaving a donation in the box at the parking lot.