Elevation: 4,349 ft
GPS: 51.077, -115.31 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tom Gnyra on Aug 30, 2015
Admins: Dave Rone, Tom Gnyra

Description

An incredible area with lots of everything: techy, pumpy, crimpy, juggy, long, short and the most important of all, CRANKING.

Echo canyon was actually only developed recently and by the folks who got bored of other hard man areas or wanted to colonize this huge feature. The canyon is visible from the road (you can see a huge left facing corner from the cougar canyon approach). They succeeded as it is incredible. Only a few other areas have the consistency of quality and stone which is obvious in Echo.

Now quite popular with both the Canmore and the Calgary crowd, on any given weekend the lookout and the hideaway may have a ton of people sweating in the sun. The best time of year is fall where the sun is less powerful and the stone is still warm (unless you go to the notch, where summer is the only season).

Getting There

Park on the road below the Canmore Alpine CLub Clubhouse. Do not park in their lots as they allow climbers to use this road but not their lots. There should be other cars there but it is essentially before the lowest parking lot on the left when driving up the road.

The GPS coordinates are the listed for the parking area. The approach is similar for both the notch and the other areas.

Step 1: Walk across the road to a ramp that goes up into a trail. After about 20 minutes, you will get to a drainage. Get to the climber's right of the drainage until you see a few options to go up to the hill, the last one being the correct one (before you must leave the trail that turns into the drainage again). Many mountain bike trails make this to be confusing. If you feel as though you may be going back towards the horse ranch, turn around and go back to the drainage.

Step 2: once you have found the steep hill climb you will know for sure and be on switch backs for ever. Hopefully you didn't pack too much, but it isn't that bad for long. You will eventually see that you are really far above the drainage and you will get to a sign (wood, burned letter)

Finally this is where you either go towards sunny, left side crags or shady right side crags. from here, both take another 20-30 minutes and you will be climbing. The trail for the left side may be a bit mangled but it's all there.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Echo Canyon

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Remembrance day
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Caramel Macchiato
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Prospect
Sport 4 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 5
Graduation
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 9
Venturi
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
No love
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 5
Bench with a View
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 9
Tall Storey
Sport 8 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Tetris
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Buffet Royal
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 6
My Two Bits
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 3
Power of Youth
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 4
Atlantis
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 5
Fresh Prince
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 4
Wedding Crasher
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Remembrance day Lookout > Lookout (main wall &…
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Caramel Macchiato Lookout > Lookout (main wall &…
 4
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Prospect Lookout > Prospect Area
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 4 pitches
Graduation Lookout > Lookout (main wall &…
 5
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Venturi Hideaway
 9
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
No love Lookout > Lookout (main wall &…
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Bench with a View Lookout > Lookout (main wall &…
 5
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Tall Storey Tall Storey Area
 9
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport 8 pitches
Tetris Lookout > Lookout (main wall &…
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Buffet Royal Lookout > Atlantis Wall
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
My Two Bits Lookout > Atlantis Wall
 6
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Power of Youth Lookout > Lookout (main wall &…
 3
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Atlantis Lookout > Atlantis Wall
 4
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Fresh Prince Lookout > Atlantis Wall
 5
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Wedding Crasher Lookout > Balcony
 4
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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