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.
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Other Relevant Websites
Consult this list of great websites for the valley:
The tabvar site is your organization for bolting, safety, partnership and rock climbing culture. They are the ones who pay for the bolts you clip. Yes, they pay for them. Send them some love, donate or be kind.
A project by Greg Cornell which is documenting lots of cool lines in the rockies. Keep it up Greg!
Banff Rock old guidebook
Chris Perry's personal website hosts his old guidebook and lots of beautiful routes that you may consider doing (lots of unrepeated and alpine ones too)
Grav sports ice
Will Gadd's personal forum. read the rules and find what you want to climb this weekend. Great sharing site.
Check this to make sure you don't get destroyed by an avy this weekend as you are often under huge bowls of snow (think: cascade falls, for example)
Generally a good place to get more beta/info on climbs due to the fact that Dow W. is very active on this website and has climb most of the classic routes in the Valley
Weather station 9.4 miles from here
802 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',152],['3 Stars',267],['2 Stars',291],['1 Star',34],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Alberta
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Alberta:
Featured Route For Alberta
South East Face of Eisenhower Tower 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b North America
: ... : Castle Mountain
The SE face of Eisenhower Tower is a novel adventure climb on excellent Canadian Rockies limestone (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) and is highly recommended. A small buttress of rock called the Dragon's Back juts out from the base of the tower. Begin on the left side of the Dragon's Back, up a short chimney/gully about 5-10 metres high that climbs to a bolted rappel anchor.Climb along the Dragon's Back, easy but exposed, to the base of the SE face of the tower. A small gap separates the Dragon...[more] Browse More Classics in International
By Joseph Stover
From: Batesville, AR
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.