Cougar Canyon (Creek) - CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS Rock Climbing
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Construction Timelines - Updated June 3, 2020
At this time we are still moving ahead with capital projects, this project is a key piece of infrastructure for the safety of the community. The contract to construct the Debris Flood Retention Structure has been awarded to Flatiron Constructors Canada Limited. The contract was awarded at a value of $32.8 million. They bring essential experience in building large infrastructure projects in challenging locations.
We expect construction to start in early July
Construction will be completed in 2022, with final landscaping complete in 2024
Trails in the area will be impacted in the following way:
Cougar Creek Canyon will be closed during construction
The two multi-use pathways on either side of the creek will remain open - short closures may be necessary
Montane trail and the Horseshoe trail systems will remain open - short closures may be necessary
The Lady MacDonald Trail will remain open - short closures may be necessary
Cougar Canyon is a great area for the summer and fall months. As it is fed by snow run off, getting to the crag in the spring would be OK if there was more of a trail or a bank, but unfortunately the water may be too high. However, if there is still ice and a sunny day, you may be able to get deep into the canyon to climb at one of the sunny cliffs.
During the scorching summer months, there are some high quality climbs on Made in the Shade, Planet X or Casino. Planet X has some of the best quality hard climbs in the Bow Valley and is known for being very cold, even in the summer. Sending temps are only limited to how cold you want to go.
The only guidebook that is in print that has this area completely documented is Derek Galloway's Bow Valley Sport;f=10+50001+50250 which is highly recommended as it is essential for the sport climbing in the valley. Beautiful pages and good descriptions make it a real work of dedication to the valley from one of Canada's hardest climbers. There are also older versions of Sport climbs in the Canadian Rockies;ie=UTF8&qid=1440729965&sr=1-2&keywords=john+martin+sport which has cougar documented (and supports J. Martin, one of the prime developers of the area).
When you're done, pick up a beer across the street at Cougar Liquor or some snacks at Red Rock Pizza. If you want some breakfast, Summit Cafe has a great coffee, pastries and eggs galore.
As of 2015, all routes have been added that are known and published in multiple versions of the literature. As some don't get climbed often, do not take all of this as being 100% correct and be careful out there
Don't bring in your trad gear unless you plan to do the ESE of lady macdonald (the route that goes up the east south east ridge) or want to haul a huge amount of gear for nothing. Sport climbing is king here.
Getting to the cliffs
Right Side (Shady side)
- Sugar shack
- Bufflehead (look for scree)
- Mondo Beyondo (scree)
- Made in the shade
- Caribbean and Red Eye Cove
Left Side (sunny side)
----- Huge (20 min) gap in climbing ------
Bow Valley SportBVS
As low as $10 (online version) for all the sport climbing you will need all season! Covers Cougar in full color
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Another guidebook that is out of print (maybe?) and so is rarer but very worth. Also supports the men who bolted the canyon. Who can say no?
Classic Climbing Routes at Cougar Canyon (Creek) - CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS
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