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Bow Valley  


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Description 

Southern Alberta's major climbing area. Centered around the town of Canmore, the Bow Valley has a sport crag in every drainage, and long multi-pitch trad routes on most of the big walls that tower over the valley. The rock season is short (May-August) in most years, but fortunately the Bow Valley also has world-class ice climbing in the winter.

Getting There 

Canmore is one hour west of Calgary on the trans-Canada Highway

Climbing Season



Weather station 12.9 miles from here

139 Total Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',55],['2 Stars',39],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',11],['5.7',9],['5.8',9],['5.9',13],['5.10',52],['5.11',10],['5.12',8],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',3],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',3],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bow Valley:
Grotto Falls   WI3     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   Grotto Canyon
Grillmair's Chimneys   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   Mt Yamnuska : Kahl Wall
Keel Haul Wall   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   Kid Goat Buttress
NE Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 11 pitches, 1500'   Chinaman's Peak aka Ha Ling...
Red Shirt Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   Mt Yamnuska : Red Shirt
Grey Waves   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Sport, 5 pitches, 500'   Kid Goat Buttress
Direttissima   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 9 pitches, 1100'   Mt Yamnuska : CMC Wall
Rocky Road   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Grassi Lakes : Gardener's Wall
Kahl Wall   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 9 pitches, 850'   Mt Yamnuska : Kahl Wall
Meathooks   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Grassi Lakes : Meathooks Area
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Featured Route For Bow Valley
Me on Memphis just at the first (of many) cruxes. Awesome climb! Photo from EE.

Memphis 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  North America : Canada : ... : Graceland Area
Originally done in two pitches, just clip the mid-point anchors, shake out and keep on climbing. Continuous crimps, edges, some pockets and great climbing for a full 100 ft....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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That's a nice rock.  EEOR.  Thanks Ron Keller for your help.
That's a nice rock. EEOR. Thanks Ron Keller for ...
From Chinaman's.  That's a nice rock.  EEOR.  Thanks Ron Keller for your help.
From Chinaman's. That's a nice rock. EEOR. Than...
True Grit on EEOR <br /><ul style='margin:0 0; padding:0 0;'><li>A. Larose climbing</li></ul>
True Grit on EEOR A. Larose climbing

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By ihategrigris
From: Vancouver, BC
Mar 19, 2007
The Rock season in portions of the Bow Valley, especially on south facing cliffs such as Yamnuska is more like March to October.