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Mt. Cory Rock Climbing 

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Location: 51.1768, -115.6965 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jordan Ramey on Oct 10, 2011
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Mt. Cory has maybe the best limestone (quality wise) in the whole Banff area for multipitch climbing. Why this has happened is due to the glacier melt that carved most of the water polished slabs of Cory to a beautiful, solid slab. Most climbs are very sticky still, as the wind erodes the limestone quickly to a prickly pear type of rock with some very sharp jugs and corners.

Mt. Cory is a huge mountain and has several approaches. See within the area descriptions to find the proper approach beta as not all trails connect to each other.

Most climbs are found from a pull out which is before (approaching from Canmore/Calgary) a split in the road at about 3km after the Cave and Basin or Johnston Canyon turn off. The parking lot is on the south side (left, towards Banff) which is also a lookout. A faint trail leads you up to the 'Take it for Granite' area and others.

Getting There 

Take the exit for Johnston Canyon and Cave and Basin, both which are not found on Mt. Cory. Take the highway for about 3km (a bit less) and before a split to a huge (see: not a pull out but an actual parking lot) parking lot on the left side.

The split means you have gone too far for the Take it for Granite area.!1m0!...

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Cory

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Cory:
Aftonroe   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 8 pitches   Guides Rock
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Featured Route For Mt. Cory
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo credit: Mark Klassen

Aftonroe 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  North America : Canada : ... : Guides Rock
From’s Rock, Aftonroe (5.7)Rack: 5 quickdraws and 2 long slings.This climb is on the right-hand buttress of Guides Rock (Take it for Granite area). Aftonroe is the furthest line of bolts on the right side of the buttress, beside the climb For Sure and just before where the cliff becomes more broken. The first bolt is about 5 m up on excellent grey rock and the first anchor is on a ledge just above a tree and just below a short orange wall.P1 5.7, 28 m, 7 bolts:...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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