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Stanley Headwall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 51.19831, -116.04256 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Dave Rone on Oct 17, 2010

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Home to a number of the Rockies' best-known ice and mixed routes, the Stanley Headwall is a truly spectacular venue. Joe Josephson's guide says it best: "Every major route on the wall is sustained, technically difficult, and contains sections of serious climbing."

Getting There 

Although the Stanley Headwall is actually in B.C., most people access it from the Banff National Park. So I'll list it as such. Drive 20 miles north from Banff on Hwy 1 to Castle Junction. Take a left on Hwy 93 for a little over 8 miles to the Stanley Glacier trailhead, which is on the south side of the road. Follow the well-marked and heavily traveled switchbacked trail until it eventually emerges from the trees into the valley above. The Headwall will be looming above you to the right.

Allow 1.5 - 2 hours, depending on snow, how fit you are, and whether or not you are using skis or snowshoes.

Climbing Season

For the Banff National Park area.

Weather station 8.2 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Stanley Headwall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stanley Headwall:
Nemesis   WI6     Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 525'   
French Reality   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI6     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 150'   
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French Reality 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI6  North America : Canada : ... : Stanley Headwall

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