Alberta is the epicenter (or epicentre) of Canadian Alpine climbing with countless snow and ice covered peaks, glaciers and famous north faces. Alberta is also famous for some of the best ice climbing in the world.
Fortunately, Alberta is also well rounded and has sport and trad rock climbing a-plenty. The limestone and quartzite in the river canyons in the Canmore area probably have Canada's greatest concentrations of sport routes. Trad cragging is perhaps a little more limited than some other areas as the limestone of famous peaks like Yamnuska have great history and great routes but less solid rock; the climbing is more adventurous than a granite-trained tradster might be used to.
Calgary provides easy access to Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and all of the surrounding areas. Edmonton provides access if your destinations are further north.
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678 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',111],['3 Stars',213],['2 Stars',260],['1 Star',33],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Alberta
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Alberta:
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Sea of Vapors
WI7+ R North America
: ... : The Trophy Wall
When in condition as of the first ascent, this climb becomes one of the hardest ice routes anywhere. (WI7+ R) When the sustained thin ice turns into thicker ice, expect to see difficulties in the WI5+/6 range. As much as I'd like to say I did it in WI7+ R condition, I didn't. I'll explain the climb in the conditions I found.In 7+ condition Joe Josephson explains that the belay anchors are solid in the rock but besides that there is no gear leading, just sustained steep thin ice with a couple of ...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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By Joseph Stover
From: Batesville, AR
Nov 9, 2007
What is the climbing like around Edmonton? I am a warm weather dude, so can I handle it? How is access from the city... drive times for day cragging? Is there a full range from steep sport to long well protected trad of all grades?
There wasn't an International forum, so i'll see if anyone catches this and has info.
By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Nov 12, 2007
This site has relatively few contributors from Alberta, especially from the Edmonton area. I wish I could help you, but perhaps the best thing will be to check out the local gyms and shops. It would be great if you could post what you find. The climbing I've done in Alberta has been great and it would be fantastic to see more contributed to this site.
By James Steinhoff
Aug 20, 2012
Just found out about this site. I don't think many Canadians know it exists. I'm moving back to Alberta in a few months and will spread the word about Mountain Project /contribute data about the Banff area routes.