Bow Valley Select Sport Climbing

Evan Hau & Jeff Moore
updated August 2019

A Select Guide to some of the best climbing in Alberta's Bow Valley from Kananaskis to the Banff Gates. This Guide includes includes all of the best modern sport climbing areas such as Echo Canyon, Grassi Lakes, Cougar Canyon, Bataan, Acephale and the new Apocalypse Cave. With over 13 crags to choose from and 1000's of routes and growing all of the time, you have a lifetime of climbing to choose from! Enjoy

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Grassi Lakes

Canada | The Bow Valley


SPORT

Some of the best climbing in the Bow Valley with steep pocketed climbing on an ancient coral reef. Helmets are recommended as any kind of animal (Moun...

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10a - 10d
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12a - 12d
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Cougar Canyon

Canada | The Bow Valley


SPORT

A pleasant canyon that is a short walk to the closest sector and about an hour and a half to the very steep and challenging Planet X. With over 30 sec...

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Prairie Creek

Canada | Kananaskis Country


SPORT
BOULDERING

A beautiful crag nestled high above the popular mountain bike trial of Powderface. Steep pocketed, limestone on brilliant rock makes for a great desti...

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10a - 10d
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Barrier Mountain

Canada | Kananaskis Country


SPORT
TRADITIONAL

Sunny, shoulder season climbing offering technical Sport and adventurous Traditional Climbs. A great place to start the season to get your feet under...

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10a - 10d
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Ac├ęphale

Canada | The Bow Valley


SPORT

One of the largest concentration of hard routes in the Bow Valley. Powerful, steep, limestone climbing at it's best. The cliff will only see sun arou...

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10a - 10d
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Grotto Canyon

Canada | The Bow Valley


SPORT
TRADITIONAL

A unique canyon that holds some great history in the Bow Valley including the development of sport climbing as well as First Nation pictographs on the...

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10a - 10d
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12a - 12d
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Bataan

Canada | The Bow Valley


SPORT
TRADITIONAL

A brilliant Spring and Fall season crag as it is usually a little too hot to climb at during mid summer. The rock is some of the best in the Valley wi...

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10a - 10d
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Echo Canyon

Canada | The Bow Valley


SPORT

A relatively new area to the Bow Valley with ongoing development and huge potential. Home to everything from single pitch gems to fully equipped mul...

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10a - 10d
11a - 11d
12a - 12d
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Heart Creek

Canada | The Bow Valley


SPORT
TRADITIONAL

A crag with a short approach (even with the recommended parking lot used) and a fantastic variety of grades to choose from. Jupiter Sector has a...

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10a - 10d
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Apocalypse Cave

Canada | The Bow Valley


SPORT

A South facing sun trap that has good protection from the wind that makes for a good option for cooler weather climbing. The majority climbs are...

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The White Buddha

Canada | Kananaskis Country


BOULDERING

A sunny South Facing outcrop riddled with positive holds and deep pockets. Although you would seldom top-out (unless you are soloing) the problems are...

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10a - 10d
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Wasootch Slabs

Canada | Kananaskis Country


SPORT
TRADITIONAL

A South facing crag that is a great place for kids, beginners and the expert slab technician. Although with its short approach and great quality stone...

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10a - 10d
11a - 11d
12a - 12d
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Goat Mountain

Canada | The Bow Valley


SPORT

This is a very modern addition to a big wall historically known for stout traditional climbing. This route tackles the face right of the Goat Buttress...

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