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Routes in Upper Norquay Slab

Escargot Corner T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Shared By: ihategrigris on Mar 21, 2007
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Description

The beautiful, fairly low angle slab is a hidden gem in the rockies. The rock quality is extremely high, and the route, being southwest faces sees sun for most of the day during the summer. Due to the long and complex approch, the area is usually empty. The elevation is fairly high, and the season doesn't really begin until the snow melts off of Mt. Norquay, usually in late June.

Getting There

Park your car at a pullout located along westbound Trans-Canada about halfway between the turn off to Mt. Norquay and the turnoff to the Bow Valley Parkway. Jump the animal fence at the run off channel and hike along the channel for about 100 meters, then start trending up the ridge on the right hand side under some power lines and through some burned out timber. There should be a small trail here trending up to the ridge until eventually reaching the crest of the ridge. Follow the ridge past several flat sections and rock steps, following a faint trail. At 530m vertically above the road, the ridge trends downwards to a col. At the col the ridge steepens, take the trail to the right around and up onto the ridge to another flat spot. Here there will be a 20m slab blocking further travel up the ridge. Follow the trail down and to the left (cairn) of the flat section through a wooded section and a broad scree gully. Trend left around the gully ignoring the trail that goes to a rock step and further up (good view of the upper slab from that trail though). Follow the downward trail to the edge of a cliff then trend right along the cliff; this is the top of the lower slab. Follow along the cliffs to an opening, and you'll see the upper slabs straight ahead. Leave 2-4 hrs for the approch.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Upper Norquay Slab

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Escargot Corner
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
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Escargot Corner
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
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