Tunnel Mountain Rock Climbing
|GPS:||51.178, -115.553 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Jordan Ramey on Jun 5, 2011|
Dave Rone, Tom Gnyra
History (Admin Only): Tom Gnyra handled an improvement for this area Aug 25, 2019
Descent: 30 minutes
Sun from morning to mid afternoon
Tunnel mountain is located practically in the town of Banff. The east side of the mountain provides sport, multipitch sport, and multipitch trad climbing opportunities. The west side of the mountain sports a maintained tourist trail to the top with several overlooks, only one of which really shows the climbing area well.
Home to the moderate multipitch trad classic Gooseberry (5.8, 7 pitches)
Books to the area include:
- Sport Climbs in the Canadian Rockies by John Martin and Jon Jones (only covers sport climbs, but has the Gooseberry approach info
- Banff Rock by Chris Perry (unpublished, but in preparation)
Take the Banff exit and head towards Banff on Banff ave. Drive south 1 km and take the Tunnel Mountain Rd for 5.5 km. Take a left onto Tunnel Mountain Dr and go about 200 m. Park by a winter closer gate and some trashcans next to a wide open field (an underground reservoir).
To Gooseberry area:
Head across the open field towards the cliff and locate the large manhole cover (sorta hidden behind bushes. Pick up the trail and follow it SW. At the first Y, take a right, then angle right at the second Y. At an intersection, keep heading straight for the cliff. When you reach the base skirt south (climbers left) along the base until you find an obvious beat down spot where the climb starts in a 5.6 groove. Most notable, there is a heart shape carved in the rock just right of the route and the route itself has "GB" carved at the start. Kinda lame, but it makes finding it easy.
To Black Band area:
Park at the Banff Surprise Corner viewpoint parking lot on google maps. From the trail at the back of the parking lot, descend a short section of stairs before turning onto a well-worn path that leads downhill through the trees. Follow the Hoodoo trail down to a bend in the Bow river, walk around the bend where there is a slight fork in the trail and head left. Within a short distance there should be a climbers trail which heads left up a beaten trail to the right of the scree slope. Follow it for a few short minutes to the base of the wall. There is no need to walk through the scree slope!
Classic Climbing Routes at Tunnel Mountain
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