Type: Sport, 500 ft (152 m), 4 pitches
FA: Mike Barter
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Shared By: Tom Gnyra on Jul 18, 2019 · Updates
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Description

This route is a slightly harder version of "Back to Batoche." If I could only do one line of the upper Cascade bench, I most likely would choose "Keeping it Riel (since 1885)."
"Keeping it Riel (since 1885) starts about 150 meters up from the four-pitch 5.4 route "Minihappi." Minnihappi route is the preferred approach. Gives you time to shake out your rope and test your rock legs.

Approach: Park at the airport parking lot base of Cascade Falls. Climb Minihappi or work the lower benches crossing the waterfall on the second bench. Once on top stay on the (right) North side of the waterfall. Follow any one of the braided trails till the rock gets steep. Chuck your rope down and enjoy the fantastic location. Some of the best low-end rock climbing in the valley is about to happen.

Pitch 1: 50 meters - 5.3 - 4 bolts Start just left of the Buffalo Hump right of the running water. Follow the comfortable scramble style rock bench to bench. You will find two bolt hangers on the left (waterfall side).

Pitch 2: 30 meters - 5.4 - 5 bolts Continue up and slightly right to the base of that big orange block.

Pitch 3: 30 meters - 5.5 - 5 bolts Move left to the bolt you see 10 meters away. From there continue straight up trending a slight right.

Pitch 4: 26 meters - 5.6 Climb over some exciting rock left of the corner. 2/3rd the way up step right onto the rib. Make the final move or two on steep rock to the anchor.

Descent: Rop off ring bolts to the last anchor. You can go 3 meters lower from last anchor (ring bolts) and walk off lookers right (north). It is also possible to rap two more pitches.

Location

Approach: The most common approach is to drive from Calgary. At the first entrance into Banff from the East, you will see a long waterfall known as Cascade Falls. At the base of the falls is an emergency airstrip. Park at the airport parking lot base of Cascade Falls. Climb Minihappi or work the lower benches crossing the waterfall on the second bench. Once on top stay on the (right) North side of the waterfall. Follow any one of the braided trails till the rock gets steep. Chuck your rope down and enjoy the fantastic location. Some of the best low-end rock climbing in the valley is about to happen

Protection

Bolts, small rack if needed

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