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Take it for Granite 

Mt. Cory Rock Climbing 

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Location: 51.1768, -115.6965 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jordan Ramey on Oct 10, 2011
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Mt. Cory with Cory's Groove area shown


Mt. Cory has maybe the best limestone (quality wise) in the whole Banff area for multipitch climbing. Why this has happened is due to the glacier melt that carved most of the water polished slabs of Cory to a beautiful, solid slab. Most climbs are very sticky still, as the wind erodes the limestone quickly to a prickly pear type of rock with some very sharp jugs and corners.

Mt. Cory is a huge mountain and has several approaches. See within the area descriptions to find the proper approach beta as not all trails connect to each other.

Most climbs are found from a pull out which is before (approaching from Canmore/Calgary) a split in the road at about 3km after the Cave and Basin or Johnston Canyon turn off. The parking lot is on the south side (left, towards Banff) which is also a lookout. A faint trail leads you up to the 'Take it for Granite' area and others.

Getting There 

Take the exit for Johnston Canyon and Cave and Basin, both which are not found on Mt. Cory. Take the highway for about 3km (a bit less) and before a split to a huge (see: not a pull out but an actual parking lot) parking lot on the left side.

The split means you have gone too far for the Take it for Granite area.!1m0!...

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Cory

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Cory:
Aftonroe   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 8 pitches   Take it for Granite
Hoka Hey!   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 9 pitches, 1350'   South Peak
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Cory South Peak

Hoka Hey! 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  North America : Canada : ... : South Peak
This is a great new addition to the cliff. It is a moderate, well protected route that will inevitably become popular. It is very well protected and very well thought out. Im making the assumption (I could be wrong) that the route was put up by guides for guiding, and thus has protection to avoid things such as rock fall by ropes, rope drag and falls on traverses. The route Im sure will get bad press about too many bolts by some. The route could be climbed on gear, but would be not nearly as enj...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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