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Kananaskis Rock Climbing 

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Kananaskis encompasses an area east and south of Canmore. Average driving time from Calgary is about 1.5 hours.

A variety of long alpine or semi-alpine climbs of classic quality exist in K-country along with sport climbing areas (Wasootch, Barrier Bluffs, etc...) and popular ice climbing (Evan Thomas Creek). Although Yamnuska and Kid Goat are also technically in Kananaskis, they are listed separately under Bow Valley right now. When most people say Kananaskis, they are usually referring to heading south from the trans Canada highway.

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Getting There 

Drive the Trans Canada from either direction and head south

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

58 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Kananaskis

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kananaskis:
Moonlight   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches   Evan Thomas Creek : Moonlight/Snowline Area
Snowline   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches   Evan Thomas Creek : Moonlight/Snowline Area
Whiteman Falls   WI5-6     Ice, 2 pitches   Whiteman Falls Ice/Mixed
2 Low 4 Zero   M5     Trad, Sport, Mixed, 2 pitches, 350'   Evan Thomas Creek : Moonlight/Snowline Area
Joy   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 10 pitches, 2000'   Mount Indefatigable
North Ridge of Wasootch Tower   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 7 pitches   Wasootch Tower
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Featured Route For Kananaskis
Rock Climbing Photo: March 2012

Whiteman Falls WI5-6  North America : Canada : ... : Whiteman Falls Ice/Mixed
This is the main waterfall in the drainage that bears its name. Very good option when avalanche danger is high. Two pitches of varied ice depending on conditions. Could go as easy as WI4 and as hard as 6. Pitch one is usually mushroomed and varied. Belay on the left from ledges or on the right in a cave from a bolted anchor. Second pitch climbs the upper pillar to bolted anchor on the right. Double 70M ropes will allow a single rap to the ground if the snow cone is somewhat built up, othe...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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