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Grassi Lakes  


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Description 

Grassi Lakes is a unique climbing are in the Bow Valley. A good portion of its climbs are on an old coral reef. Grassi is famous for overhanging limestone with large juggy pockets.

Getting There 

Grassi Lakes can be reached from Canmore by driving south on the Spray Lakes Road towards Kananaskis country until you reach a reservoir where the valley narrows and a gravel parking lot. From there you walk back towards Canmore about 500 m and follow a trail down the earthen dam.

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Weather station 11.3 miles from here

48 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',2],['5.10',23],['5.11',6],['5.12',8],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Grassi Lakes:
Rocky Road   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Gardener's Wall
Meathooks   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Meathooks Area
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Featured Route For Grassi Lakes
Evan getting into the business on Dance Me Outside.  This is a weird angle that does not really show the steepness. Photo from EE.

Dance Me Outside 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  North America : Canada : ... : The White Imperialist
Probably the steepest 12a in Grassi, if not all of the Bow Valley. Start on blocky moves from the top of rock at the far right of White Imperialist Wall. Move up and right to a strange almost slabby 5 ft section where any number of body smears can give you an OK rest. Then make huge moves up pocketed roof to desperation turning the lip (go deep in the pockets). Amazing and very satisfying....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Looking up at the Meathooks area
Looking up at the Meathooks area
 <br />Grassi is a great place to escape summer heat waves. The trail from the dam down to Grassi Lakes is in the gully, center. The belay platforms for Meathooks can be seen in the shady alcove right of the lake.           <br /> <br />One problem unique to Grassi is the occasional rockfall.  The Spray Lakes road is just above the meathooks wall and non-climbers will sometimes toss rocks.

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By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Jun 15, 2007
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