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Mt. Cory Rock Climbing 

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Location: 51.1768, -115.6965 View Map  Incorrect?
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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

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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: T-bam Crack, with the person on the left seconding...

T.Bam Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  North America : Canada : ... : Guides Rock
A hand sized crack that can be accessed off the pitch 2 belay for Aftonroe. The crack is a little scrappy and off balance on downward sloping features...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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