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Elevation: 4,400 ft
GPS: 51.047, -115.1566
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Shared By: Jordan Ramey on May 18, 2011
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Description Suggest change

Heart Creek is a popular sport climbing area east of Canmore with most of the climbs located next to a babbling brook. There are 6 or so developed areas and most climbs are about 30 meters with most climbs in the 5.9 - 5.11 range. There are a sprinkling of easier climbs in the 5.6 - 5.8 range and a couple of 5.12's at the end of the canyon. Most climbs can be approached in 10 to 20 minutes of easy walking.

A summer area where climbers start to show up when the last snow melts off the lower elevations. The area can be crowded on the weekends.

Getting There Suggest change

About 15 km east of Canmore and about an hours drive from Calgary. Take the Lac des Arcs exit and goto the Heart Creek Trailhead and follow the signs to the Heart Creek interpretive trail. The sport walls are obvious right off the path as one walks up the trail.

Alternatively, to park a bit closer, head east on highway 1 from the Lac des Arcs exit and park at the climber pullout with the no parking sign. Not sure if you'll be ticketed since it seems like a good pullout, so pull very far off the highway (obvious) and follow the trail up to the creek and then follow the interpretive Heart Creek Trail to the climbs.

136 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Heart Creek

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A0
 21
Heart Line
Sport, Aid 17 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
Last Call
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Sleeping Beauty
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Let It Bleed
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Callisto
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Fetish
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 12
Puppet On A Chain
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
Heart of Gold
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 8
Sciatica
Sport 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 7
Slackline King
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Trail's End
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 16
Crimson Tide
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Heart of Darkness
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Beat Farmer
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 5
The Convincer
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Heart Line Bunny Hill
 21
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A0 Sport, Aid 17 pitches
Last Call Jupiter Rock
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Sleeping Beauty SUMC Buttress
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Let It Bleed First Rock
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Callisto Jupiter Rock
 20
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Fetish SUMC Buttress
 6
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Puppet On A Chain Jupiter Rock
 12
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Heart of Gold Jupiter Rock
 8
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Sciatica Sciatica Area
 8
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 6 pitches
Slackline King Upper Blackheart Amph…
 7
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Trail's End Waterfall Wall
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Crimson Tide Jupiter Rock
 16
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Heart of Darkness Jupiter Rock
 9
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Beat Farmer Bayon
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Convincer Upper Blackheart Amph…
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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