Elevation: 4,308 ft
GPS: 49.596, -114.397 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Randy Von Zee on Jul 17, 2018
Admins: Dave Rone, Tom Gnyra

Description

From Trent Hoover guide: The House Boulder Area, located at the northwest edge of Frank Slide, is one of the most easily accessible sectors at the Slide. From a large parking area just across the highway, a short trail leads to the enormous House Boulder, home to two boulder problems and a handful of sport routes. The House Area holds some of the hardest problems at Frank Slide, including Salacious (V8/9), Cartel (V9), and the infamous Railway (V10/11), a contender for the hardest problem at Frank Slide. The House Area also features some excellent moderate problems, such as Four Inch Pinch (V2), the short but fun Galactic (V4), the classic Aftermath (V5), and the pumpy Wild West (V5). Some of the boulders in the House Area are relatively protected from the wind, so these problems may be a good option on days when the Chinook winds are howling through the Crowsnest Pass.

Getting There

The best access to the House Area is to park at the large roadside pullout on the south side of the Crowsnest Highway near the north end of the slide. Carefully cross the highway, walk a short distance north, and look for a well-established trail (near the prominent Road Rage boulder) through the trees leading towards the enormous House Boulder. The trail will lead you to first to the Sofa King / Ninja Turtles Boulders, then to the House and Cartel Boulders. To find the Wild West Boulder (home of Railway (V10/11)), cross the base of the talus slope directly away from the House Boulder, heading northwest towards the trees. After 100m or so, you will see a large boulder embedded in the slope, with an incredibly overhanging face that faces towards the highway. Alternatively, you can walk directly in to the Wild West Boulder from the highway, but it cannot be seen until you are quite close if you approach that way.

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