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Grotto Canyon  

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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 51.0762, -115.1472 View Map  Incorrect?
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Mostly shaded area (it's a canyon). This area can be exceptionally crowded, especially on weekends, due to it's close proximity to Canmore and Calgary. The ice climbing is excellent quality if it hasn't been beat into utter submission.

The classics of the area include:
His (WI4)
Hers (WI4)
Grotto Falls (WI3)

Getting There 

From Calgary:
Head west on the Trans Canadian Highway to Canmore. Take exit 114 towards Exshaw just after entering the mountains. This is AB-1X. Turn left onto Alberta 1, towards Exshaw. Park in the Grotto Canyon parking area on the right at the signs. There is plenty of parking and an outhouse. If you hit Exshaw, you went a few km to far. Follow the designated trail west out of the parking area. Turn right into the canyon and walk up the creek.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.3 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Grotto Canyon:
Grotto Falls   WI3     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   
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Featured Route For Grotto Canyon
Climbing the harder left curtain on Grotto Falls

Grotto Falls WI3  North America : Canada : ... : Grotto Canyon
Grotto Falls is an excellent beginner route that usually has fat ice and the crowds to prove it. Climb the initial steep section to the prominent flow that eases in steepness. If the conditions are nice and fat, the curtain on the left, halfway up, forms and goes at about WI4. This curtain variation pitch can also be toproped with a bit of planning and on a slow day when no one else is lined up for the route. This would be rare though and should be avoided if others are waiting to climb the ro...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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