|The Back of The Lake
View from on the climbing wall at the far end of t...
The gem of the area. From a distance the quartzite buttresses tend to get lost within the grandure of the surroundings, however don't let that fool you. Take the time to wander the trail along the shores of Lake Louise and you will be met with exceptionally good climbing, and more often than not friendly locals willing to show you some of the classics.
The climbs are generally vertical to gently overhanging and there is a good mixture of sport and trad routes so all comers should be happy.
Many of the routes are climbable in the summer even when there is a light rain, however, depending on the amount of chalk some do feel a little slimy.
Park up in the parking lot just before the Chateau (make sure you have a National Park Pass). From there follow everyone else as they head around the lake trail.
At the far end of the lake the buttresses come in to full view. Pick your buttress and start to climb.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Back of The Lake:
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Sitting on Rocks at Lake Louise
Great quartzite climbing in a spectaular, albeit t...
a 2 pitch 5.10 trad, one of the routes close to la...
Atop a single pitch climb at the back of the lake.
Rainbow after a storm,
Crag as seen on the way up to the Teahouse. What a...
Heh - too cold for a solo?
|Comments on The Back of The Lake
|By Charles Konopa|
Aug 20, 2007
We climbed here on a weekend in July 2007. Easy access, easy to find the main climbing walls. There were plenty of friendly climbers to chat with about which routes to do. We mostly did sport routes, but did do one trad route and two 2-pitch sport routes. We had a 60m rope, but some routes could use a 70m or 80m rope, but usually had a mid rap station somewhere on the wall.
This is a very scenic place to climb. There are easy routes to warm up on, and challenging routes that take some figuring out. We climbed here two days before heading to Canmore.
|By Alex A|
Jul 9, 2010
So, whats up, is Mountain Project not popular in Canada, there's one route and it was posted 4yrs ago, for a great climbing area, there friendly climbers to get beta from,
|By Chris Owen|
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Jun 22, 2012
This has to be one of the most scenic sport crags in North America - would love to see some locals post lots of routes for this area.