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A long, nearly km long section of rock facing a swamp / lake. Varied difficulties, including Top-Rope, Trad, Sport and Mixed. During winter, it offers some nice ice.

The Main Cliff area is west facing so early season climbs can be chilly. The rock appears to be fractured granite with routes ranging from dirty, loose and sketchy to sloper filled slab. The area was established some time ago and with a recent (2010?) redevelopment, some grades may vary, as some are graded with the old-school grading mentality and whereas the newer developments, with the newer mentality.

There is alot of potential for development, many new routes are being red-tagged as of summer 2012.

The following is an excerpt from the 'Climbing Around Ottawa' guidebook, created by Christiaan Burchell, and is available at

Getting There 

Calabogie (Main Cliff) is located west of the Canadian capital of Ottawa, near the Calabogie ski resort and is approx 1h20 drive from the downtown core.

Departing from Ottawa, take highway 17 west, continue past Arnprior. At county road 508 (Calabogie Road), turn left and continue until you reach the Calabogie Hills ski resort. Approx 2kms past the ski resort, slow down, you'll see an enlarged shoulder on the right which is used as parking. To your left, you should see a 'Manitou Trail' sign.

From the parking, the approach hike is pretty quick, ranging from 5 to 20 mins for the further most sections. Simply follow the straight in trail, going through a clearing towards a marsh. A switch-back down trail should bring you left, to the cleary visible rock faces.

Climbing Season

For the Ontario area.

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

40 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Calabogie

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Calabogie:
The Gate   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Calabogie Bouldering
The Orbital Traverse   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Calabogie Bouldering
Electric Chair   V3+ 6A+ PG13     Boulder, 20'   Calabogie Bouldering
Malaria   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Calabogie Bouldering
Ken's Super Slab   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Calabogie Bouldering
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Electric Chair V3+ 6A+ PG13  North America : Canada : ... : Calabogie Bouldering
Super highball line on the backside of Malaria. This line is tall and starts on an obvious set of crimps on the right hand side of the obvious main face of the tall boulder. Beware though as the crux comes at the very end about 18-20 feet OTD - big lock off move. Once you hit the lip with your left hand before to adjust your feet and move again right to the top which is a huge jug......[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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