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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


70 Total Routes


['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',33],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',8],['5.7',7],['5.8',6],['5.9',9],['5.10',12],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['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
NE Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b PG13     Trad, 11 pitches, 1500'   Chinaman's Peak aka Ha Ling...
Keel Haul Wall   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   Kid Goat Buttress
Grillmair's Chimneys   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b PG13     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   Mt Yamnuska : Kahl Wall
Red Shirt Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   Mt Yamnuska : Red Shirt
Grey Waves   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13     Sport, 5 pitches, 500'   Kid Goat Buttress
Direttissima   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 9 pitches, 1100'   Mt Yamnuska : CMC Wall
Kahl Wall   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 9 pitches, 850'   Mt Yamnuska : Kahl Wall
Meathooks   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Grassi Lakes : Meathooks Area
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Featured Route For Bow Valley
Dave starting up the crux pitch

Kahl Wall 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  North America : Canada : ... : Kahl Wall
Excellent and varied climb that felt very solid (I assume due to lots of traffic - but not too much as the limestone has not been polished smooth yet). Kahl Wall tends to wander about so route finding is a challenge. Most of the climbing is moderate so you don't have to be a solid 5.10 climber. The crux pitch is very sustained and much harder then any other pitch on the route, but it is extremely well protected with lots of bolts and occasional gear placements so that no matter what one coul...[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
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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.