Alberta is the epicenter (or epicentre) of Canadian Alpine climbing with countless snow and ice covered peaks, glaciers and famous north faces. Alberta is also famous for some of the best ice climbing in the world.
Fortunately, Alberta is also well rounded and has sport and trad rock climbing a-plenty. The limestone and quartzite in the river canyons in the Canmore area probably have Canada's greatest concentrations of sport routes. Trad cragging is perhaps a little more limited than some other areas as the limestone of famous peaks like Yamnuska have great history and great routes but less solid rock; the climbing is more adventurous than a granite-trained tradster might be used to.
Calgary provides easy access to Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and all of the surrounding areas. Edmonton provides access if your destinations are further north.
A long-established service employing well-known and highly reputed guides. A progression of courses, semester sessions, guides-for-hire, corporate events -- a well rounded offering.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Alberta:
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Looking up at the East Ridge of Mt. Temple, one of...
Standing on the Athabasca Glacier with Mt. Androme...
BETA PHOTO: The south face of Mt. Temple showing the east ridg...
You got to love this place, even the routes that I...
Above the morning fog.
On the Athabasca Glacier...
On thee Athabasca Glacier.
North Face of Athabasca
Athabasca North Face
BETA PHOTO: North Face of Athabasca on the approach taking the...
Tonquin valley at sunset, Jasper NP.
The Remparts , Tanquin Valley.
Wild flowers and t...
Bouldering in Tonquin Valley, Ramparts in the back...
Gavriel J. bouldering in Tonquin Valley.
|By Joseph Stover|
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 9, 2007
What is the climbing like around Edmonton? I am a warm weather dude, so can I handle it? How is access from the city... drive times for day cragging? Is there a full range from steep sport to long well protected trad of all grades?
There wasn't an International forum, so i'll see if anyone catches this and has info.
|By Peter Spindloe|
From: North Vancouver, BC
Nov 12, 2007
This site has relatively few contributors from Alberta, especially from the Edmonton area. I wish I could help you, but perhaps the best thing will be to check out the local gyms and shops. It would be great if you could post what you find. The climbing I've done in Alberta has been great and it would be fantastic to see more contributed to this site.
|By James Steinhoff|
Aug 20, 2012
Just found out about this site. I don't think many Canadians know it exists. I'm moving back to Alberta in a few months and will spread the word about Mountain Project /contribute data about the Banff area routes.