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.
Canmore is one hour west of Calgary on the trans-Canada Highway
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Featured Route For Bow Valley
NE Buttress 5.6 PG13 International : Canada : ... : Chinaman's Peak aka Ha Ling...
This is an aesthetic line on a prominent face that stands out in the skyline above Canmore. It is very attractive to the everyperson's climber who looks at the 5.6 grade, 11-12 pitches, 1500 ft of climbing, a direct line to the summit, and says "I'm there." However, there is more than what meets the eye to this climb.A rope, a helmet, and decent sense of routefinding are advisable for this line. There are stray bolts, stray gear, stray anchors to lead you astray.This face can gets sun in July...[more] Browse More Classics in International