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Calabogie Rock Climbing 

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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

Weather station 14.8 miles from here

41 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',5],['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
Waiting in Line for the Electric Chair   V3 6A PG13     Boulder, 20'   Calabogie Bouldering
The Orbital Traverse   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Calabogie Bouldering
Malaria   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Calabogie Bouldering
Ken's Super Slab   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Calabogie Bouldering
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Featured Route For Calabogie
Rock Climbing Photo: Guillaume Scoping The Orbital Traverse.

The Orbital Traverse V3 6A  North America : Canada : ... : Calabogie Bouldering
SDS at the lowest point of the left end of the boulder (closest to the Tigerlily Boulder), follow the series of rising, blocky corners until the blunt, sloping arete around the centre. Make moves to edges higher up and roll over the lip, finishing up the low angle slab. The traverse right can be somewhat pumpy if you move slowly with the crux coming at the move to the edges once the underside of the boulder steepens....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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