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Heart of Darkness

5.10b, Sport, 165 ft, 2 pitches,  Avg: 4 from 1 vote
FA: unknown
International > N America > Canada > Alberta > Banff NP > Lake Louise > Back of The Lake > Hillside area


Fantastic first pitch. Keep your balance on somewhat thin, sustained face climbing in the first third. Conserve your energy on the relatively easy middle third. Gather your energy for a spectacular final third on the arete, finding big blocky holds just where you need them.

The second pitch is not as memorable, climbing wise and if you attempt to link it you'll encounter a lot of rope drag. It will give you a slightly better view of the lake.

On a 60m rope, will require three rappels. The 4th bolt from the bottom has an ring to rappel from. Can just be done in 2 rappels using a 70m rope.


The first line of bolts as you hike up the hill right from the trailside section. Just to the left of the Incredible Talking Woman line.


14 bolts, 5 bolts