Elevation: 1,157 ft
GPS: 43.805, -71.844 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Lee Hansche on Mar 12, 2008
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, Lee Hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

Description

The Asylum is a very well hidden crag which is worth discovering. Next time you are cursing the crowds think about taking a jaunt out here for a nice change of scenery.

Located right above The Prudential, it shares many attributes with that cliff: steep routes, lots of sun, and killer rock quality. The big difference is that if you follow the beaten path through the western crags you will find The Prudential easily and you might not even see The Asylum. It is however quite easy to get to. From Yellow Knife just angle up and left up the gully and scramble over to the base. Look for a bolted corner climb to guide you in. Only takes a minute or two from Yellow Knife to the base of The Asylum.

Climbs are all bolted and range from 5.9 to 5.12b.

Note- You are directly above Prudential. Be careful not to drop or knock anything loose as it will likely roll off the top of Prudential, potentially hitting someone 100+ feet below.

This cliff is often closed in the spring for Peregrines.

Getting There

Right above The Prudential.

Easiest way to get there is to go to the far left end of Yellowknife Buttress and walk left across the gully. It is hard to maintain a trail here due to the flow of ice and rubble that comes down the gully seasonally. Take great care not to slip as a fall down the gully would be ugly. The asylum is right on the other side of the gully, you should see it easily.

It is a bad idea these days to scramble up the gully from the prudential. Dangerous.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Asylum

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
Crazy Pills
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 27
BBQ for Buddha
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 29
Pile-o-mania
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 6
The Asylum
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 14
I Had a Good Name, But I Forgot…
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crazy Pills
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
BBQ for Buddha
 27
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Pile-o-mania
 29
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Asylum
 6
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
I Had a Good Name, But I Fo…
 14
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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