Type: Trad, 1100 ft (333 m), 8 pitches
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Shared By: Jordan Ramey on Aug 14, 2011
Admins: Dave Rone, Tom Jones, Richard Rose

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Description Suggest change

Length: 335m, 8 pitches

Sun Exposure: receives lots of sun since

Time: 2 - 6 hours to climb the route

car-to-car: 5 - 10 hours

Difficulty: 5.6 or 5.7(variation P2)

Rack: Cams: single set of small to 2" (#2 camalot) and a normal selection of nuts.

An excellent moderate outting and a great route for new leaders to cut there teeth on a longer objective. The descent is not trivial and requires about 1.5 hours, but is relatively straightforward. The climb follows the buttress all on generally good rock with excellent pro opportunities. All anchors all bolted except 2 that utilize trees.

See the topo on the TABVAR site that Chris Perry made for the upcoming new guidebook:

http://www.tabvar.org/sites/default/files/MothersDayButtressTABVARver1.pdf

In 2022 there was a fatality:

This is incredibly sad news and hope the best for the partner and family of those involved.

https://www.climbing.com/news/daniel-heritage-lost-his-life-climbing-banff-national-park/

Description of accident was that on pitch 5 variation the climber fell with a lot of rope out and limited pro. Hard to say what happened, no speculating on the details will be tolerated on this page. Just so that people are aware that this happened, this was added to keep people aware.  

Location Suggest change

Park at the cadet pullout on the Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive about 200m north of the Trans Canada highway just outside of Banff. Walk up the road for about 100m to an obvious gravel slough. Head up the gravel creekbed for about 5 minutes watching on the right for a good climbers trail marked with a cairn. Follow this trail to a rock outcropping. Scramble up (easy) staying on the right side of the BIG gulley. Regain a good climbers trail and follow this up to the base of the route.

Protection Suggest change

Single set of cams to 2" (#2 camalot), nuts, slings.

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