Banff Rock

Chris Perry
updated October 2019

A brilliant compilation of climbing in one of the world's most beautiful National Parks. Including the world class destination of Lake Louise, spectacular quartzite climbing above the majestic Lake Louise. This guide also includes the sport climbing areas of Carrot Creek, Black Feather Canyon, Sunshine Rock and the multi-pitch area of Tunnel Mountain.

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Carrot Creek

Canada | Banff


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Solid, compact and water sculpted smooth rock that only precise footwork will lead to success. A truly brilliant canyon for summer cragging. A volun...

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Tunnel Mountain

Canada | Banff


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This small rocky hill is hardly a mountain by local standards and reaches a height of only 310 m above the Banff town site. However, it has two major...

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Back of the Lake - Lake Louise

Canada | Banff


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One of Canadas premier climbing areas on prefect quartzite with speculator views of Lake Louise. Classic sport climbs on clean, beautiful faces often...

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Sunshine Rock

Canada | Banff


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A very convenient little crag with probably the shortest approach in Rockies, 3 minutes from your car. A great place to hang out with a family as kids...

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Castle Mountain

Canada | Banff


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One of the major climbing areas in Banff Park is situated on Castle Mountain, on the section of steep cliffs and buttresses that overlook the Trans-Ca...

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Black Feather Canyon

Canada | Banff


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An awesome climbing location with incredible rock with a pleasant 45 minute approach. Usually one side of the valley sees sun until later in the after...

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Raven&amp;#39;s Crag

Canada | Banff


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A stunning Crag in the heart of Banff National Park. A concentration of hard routes and projects including Ca...

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Silver City

Canada | Banff


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Quartzite climbing away from the hustle and bustle of Lake Louise. The rock is a bit softer and more weathered here than at the Back of the Lake....

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Mount Cory

Canada | Banff


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Mount Cory has some of the best rock and most extensive climbing areas of all the sections in the guidebook. The cliffs are formed by a steeply tilted...

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Mount Rundle

Canada | Banff


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The long ridge of Mount Rundle extends all the way from Canmore to Banff, a distance of approximately 15 km. On the steep northeast side of the moun...

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The Tower of Babel

Canada | Banff


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The Tower of Babel is a prominent landmark near Moraine Lake and lies to its southeast, on the long north ridge of Mount Babel. In the photograph...

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Mount Temple

Canada | Banff


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The only significant rock climbing area on Mt Temple is Grand Sentinel, a slender, isolated spire of quartzite about 100 m high situated near Sentinel...

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Saddle Mountain

Canada | Banff


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On the south side of Saddle Mountain overlooking Paradise Valley and Mount Temple is a large quartzite cliff visible from many locations on the Tra...

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The Little Beehive

Canada | Banff


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Lake Louise is one of the most visited and scenic lakes in the Canadian Rockies and has a number of important climbing areas in its immediate vicinity...

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Cascade Mountain

Canada | Banff


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One of the most visible climbing areas in Banff Park is the long line of cliffs that runs across the base of Cascade Mountain facing the westbound la...

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Mt Edith and Mt Louis

Canada | Banff


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Mount Edith (2554 m) and Mount Louis (2682 m) are two rocky peaks formed in a long uplift of vertically bedded limestone. They have been sculpted by...

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Mount Norquay

Canada | Banff


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The east summit of Mount Norquay is formed from a long uplift of limestone that runs approximately north-south, perpendicular to the Trans-Canada...

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The Finger and Cockscomb Mountain

Canada | Banff


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To the west of Mount Cory are two major summits. The first is an unnamed peak (2755 m) with a prominent rock spire called The Finger on its SW side, a...

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Takakkaw Falls and East Yoho

Canada | Banff


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Takakkaw Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies with an overall height of 380 m. There are a number of interesting...

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Helen Lake Quartzite

Canada | Banff


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Two quartzite cliffs near Helen Lake, 33 km north of Lake Louise, offer good, sport and gear climbing in a remote and very scenic location. The cliffs...

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Mount Wilson

Canada | Banff


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Mount Wilson is a large, broad mountain that towers over The Crossing resort at the junction of the David Thompson Highway (Hwy #11) and the Icefields...

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Stanley Peak

Canada | Banff


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Stanley Peak is situated in Kootenay National Park very close to the Banff Park boundary. It is a popular ice climbing venue and its impressive...

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Stoney Squaw

Canada | Banff


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Several smaller climbing areas close to the Banff town site are grouped together in this section and described first. The overview map below shows the...

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Buffalo Crag

Canada | Banff


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This crag is situated on Cascade Mountain and faces south towards the Trans-Canada Highway and Banff town site. It is included in this section because...

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Sundance Canyon

Canada | Banff


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There is only one climb in this short, steep-sided canyon which was cut by a large river system that once flowed through it from the upper valley. Mos...

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Robbie&amp;#39;s Rock

Canada | Banff


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Robbie&amp;#8217;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...

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Spray Slabs

Canada | Banff


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These small slabs are located along the east side of the Spray River a short distance from the Bow Falls car park and the start of the Golf Course...

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Brewster Crag

Canada | Banff


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Brewster Crag lies on the opposite side of Brewster Creek facing the road and is visible from a small turn-out on the right about 100 m past the entra...

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007 Crags

Canada | Banff


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This interesting collection of small cliffs is located on the hillside above the access road where it begins to descend into the main parking area for...

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Bourgeau Cliffs

Canada | Banff


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These cliffs are situated at the base of Mount Bourgeau and face south towards the Sunshine Ski Resort parking lot. The main climbing area is divided...

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