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Areas in The Back of The Lake

Air Voyage 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Amphitheater 6 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Blob Rock 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Duckland 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Goblin Wall 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Hillside area 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Liquid Sky 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Louis Falls Area 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Outhouse Wall 6 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Pond, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Trailside 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2

Description

The gem of the area. From a distance the quartzite buttresses tend to get lost within the grandure of the surroundings, however don't let that fool you. Take the time to wander the trail along the shores of Lake Louise and you will be met with exceptionally good climbing, and more often than not friendly locals willing to show you some of the classics.

The climbs are generally vertical to gently overhanging and there is a good mixture of sport and trad routes so all comers should be happy.

Many of the routes are climbable in the summer even when there is a light rain, however, depending on the amount of chalk some do feel a little slimy.

Getting There

Park up in the parking lot just before the Chateau (make sure you have a National Park Pass). From there follow everyone else as they head around the lake trail.

At the far end of the lake the buttresses come in to full view. Pick your buttress and start to climb.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Back of The Lake

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Pub Night
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Blue Valentine
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Imaginary Grace
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Exquisite Corpse
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Imaginary Face
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Castle Anthrax
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Fiddler on the roof
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Public Enemy
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Turtle Mountain
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Wicked Gravity
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Mardi Gras
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Chocolate Bunnies from Hell
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Purple People Eater
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
DEW line
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Colloidal Impact
Sport
Pub Night Outhouse Wall 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Blue Valentine Outhouse Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Imaginary Grace Amphitheater 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad
Exquisite Corpse Air Voyage 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Imaginary Face Amphitheater 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Castle Anthrax Blob Rock 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fiddler on the roof Hillside area 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Public Enemy Outhouse Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Turtle Mountain Outhouse Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Wicked Gravity Outhouse Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Mardi Gras Outhouse Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Chocolate Bunnies from Hell Outhouse Wall 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Purple People Eater Outhouse Wall 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
DEW line Air Voyage 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Colloidal Impact Outhouse Wall 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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cjdrover
Watertown, MA
cjdrover   Watertown, MA
To echo the above, this a fantastic crag with many excellent routes on amazing rock. The MP database is probably only 10% complete with 18 routes shown. Another guidebook that covers the area is "Banff Rock".

We only had an afternoon and morning to climb but were very impressed with the rock and route quality on everything we did. There is some really good 5.10 trad climbing with movement and rock reminiscent of the Gunks. Very friendly locals and amazing location! Jun 22, 2015
B-Mkll Mackall
Bozeman, MT
B-Mkll Mackall   Bozeman, MT
There's truly a ton of routes here in a concentrated area, from beginner 5.6-5.9 clip ups and learners cracks to ambitious multipitch endeavors into the 5.12 range. If you're in the area check out a copy of Bow Valley Sport to get the full picture, don't let the paltry (so far) entries here dissuade you. Jul 15, 2014
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
This has to be one of the most scenic sport crags in North America - would love to see some locals post lots of routes for this area. Jun 22, 2012
So, whats up, is Mountain Project not popular in Canada, there's one route and it was posted 4yrs ago, for a fantastic climbing area, one most scenic areas to climb, the local climbers are friendly. Jul 9, 2010
Peter Spindloe
North Vancouver, BC
Peter Spindloe   North Vancouver, BC
Check out Sonnie Trotter climbing The Path on YouTube. Feb 8, 2008
We climbed here on a weekend in July 2007. Easy access, easy to find the main climbing walls. There were plenty of friendly climbers to chat with about which routes to do. We mostly did sport routes, but did do one trad route and two 2-pitch sport routes. We had a 60m rope, but some routes could use a 70m or 80m rope, but usually had a mid rap station somewhere on the wall.

This is a very scenic place to climb. There are easy routes to warm up on, and challenging routes that take some figuring out. We climbed here two days before heading to Canmore. Aug 20, 2007

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