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Elevation: 181 ft 55 m
GPS: 45.4683, -74.33952
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Mont Rigaud is a high quality pink granite cliff which contains over 70 bolted sport routes. Climbs are between 5.2-5.13, with a healthy dose in the 5.6-5.12 range. Heights are typically 10-15 meters.
Sun comes around late morning to early afternoon and there are enough scattered trees which provide shade in the summer months.
Weekdays you'll find climbers coming after work for an evening workout, weekends on the other hand can get crowded on the easy to moderate routes. The base is clean of brush and there is plenty of room along the the entire length of the cliff to belay climbers, lay down your equipment and to gather and talk. Climbers bringing children and or dogs are not uncommon.

  • All of the Rigaud crags are on private property. While not all are specifically on Mont Rigaud's property, the only authorized approach is via the ski hill. Please do not access the crags via neighbouring properties (private residences/monastery).
  • Opening hours are 9am - 7pm from May 1st - Oct 1st. In response to customer requests, Mont Rigaud is experimenting with a later close this summer(2020). Hours will be 9am - 8pm until the end of August. Depending on weather trends each year, access is often possible from 9am - 4pm much later into the Fall. The parking lot gates are locked at close. Access is prohibited outside of opening hours and at all times once the ski hill is operational for the winter season.
  • Access fees apply - $5/per person. This gives access to the property, parking, etc, and goes into maintaining approaches, washroom facilities (in non-COVID times), cleaning up trash, etc. Season passes are also available. Cash (even exact change) is not accepted right now due to Covid.
  • Parking is prohibited on Rte 325 (ch. des Érables and ch. de la Montagne) as well as past the stop on ch. du Petit-Brûlé. Fines for parking on a numbered highway are high.
  • Volunteer setters, working through the FQME, are responsible for opening routes, checking fixed gear, etc. If you see them, be sure to thank them for their great work. Remember, you and only you are ultimately responsible for your safety. If you notice something that concerns you, we definitely want to hear about it, but may not be in a position to correct it immediately. 
  • Camping and fires of any kind are not permitted. Climbers interested in camping could check out Camping Choisy (family-oriented campground in Rigaud) or Parc Voyageur (Ontario provincial park about 15km west of Rigaud with more rustic sites and beaches).

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Le Mont Rigaud est une falaise de granite rose de haute qualité qui contient plus de 70 voies d’escalade sportive. Les cotes sont entre 5.2 et 5.13  mais majoritairement comprise entre 5.6 et 5.12. La hauteur est généralement de 10 à 15 mètres.
L’orientation permet d’avoir du soleil de la fin de la matinée au début de l'après-midi selon l’orientation du secteur et il y a suffisamment d'arbres pour fournir de l'ombre pendant les mois d'été.
L’achalandage est aussi bien en fin de journée la semaine que la fin de semaine vue la proximité de Montréal. La base des voies est relativement nivelé et il y a beaucoup de place sur toute la longueur de la falaise pour assurer, se déplacer et échanger . Ont y rencontre fréquemment des grimpeurs accompagnés d’enfants et comme dans toutes communautés les chiens doivent être sous le contrôle de leurs maîtres.

Getting There

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Rigaud is a small town just off A40 [Trans -Canada] near the Quebec-Ontario border, 60km west of Montreal take exit #12 and 120km east of Ottawa take exit #9. Head into the center of town and follow the signs for Centre de ski Rigaud (about 3-4 km).
If coming from the south, route 325 goes right to the location.

Once at the ski area parking lot the cliff should be visible on the upper left side when looking up the ski hills. Take a foot path up the furthest left ski trail [L'Express]. When that trail splits take the left trail again [La Falaise]. Once this trail starts to cut right, a path through the woods should be visible on the left [look for a flat rock]. Keep hiking up and left, you are sure to hit the cliff somewhere. Trail in woods is only about 200m. The
entire walk from parking area to cliff face takes 10-15 minutes.
If you can't find the wooded trail or want to keep it simple, you can continue up the ski run until the cliff becomes visible through the trees on your left, then just turn left to cliff.

The entire area is on PRIVATE PROPERTY! The land owners seem to tolerate climbers, hopefully this attitude will continue, please treat the area with respect !
Please... Most of the entire climbing area is covered with dry pine needles in the summer.
ABSOLUTELY NO FIRES OR CAMPING ALLOWED.

Area Order: left to right

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Elephant Cave
Hidden Wall
Fairyland
Upper Tier
Bob's Wall - A couple of excellent routes
Main Wall - High quality moderates
Gully Wall - Provides easy top rope access for all the walls.
STD Wall - Steepest wall and some of the hardest climbs

109 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mont Rigaud

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 46
Shish Kebob
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 47
40 Foot Smurf
Sport, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 44
This Bob's For You
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
Former Rock Star
Sport, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 30
Smeg Head
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 45
Sidewinder
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 34
The Corner
Sport, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 13
Tournesol / Sunflower
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 17
Out of Tolerance
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 25
Vol de nuit
Sport, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 13
Pecker Tracks
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Discharge
Sport, TR
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 11
What About Bob? aka Croix de pierre
Trad, TR
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 5
Sloopy « hang on »
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 7
AMP
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Shish Kebob 5. Bob's Wall
 46
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, TR
40 Foot Smurf 6. Main Wall
 47
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
This Bob's For You 5. Bob's Wall
 44
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Former Rock Star 7. Gully Walls
 31
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Smeg Head 8. STD Wall
 30
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, TR
Sidewinder 6. Main Wall
 45
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
The Corner 6. Main Wall
 34
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Tournesol / Sunflower 6. Main Wall
 13
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Out of Tolerance 4. Upper Tier
 17
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Vol de nuit 8. STD Wall
 25
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
Pecker Tracks 8. STD Wall
 13
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Discharge 8. STD Wall
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
What About Bob? aka Croix d… 5. Bob's Wall
 11
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Trad, TR
Sloopy « hang on » 7. Gully Walls
 5
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
AMP 5. Bob's Wall
 7
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, TR
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