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Tunnel Mountain Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,551'
Location: 51.1775, -115.5528 View Map  Incorrect?
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Banff, as seen from the summit of Tunnel Mountain ...


Approach: 10 minutes
Descent: 30 minutes
Sun from morning to mid afternoon

Tunnel mountain is located practically in the town of Banff. The east side of the mountain provides sport, multipitch sport, and multipitch trad climbing opportunities. The west side of the mountain sports a maintained tourist trail to the top with several overlooks, only one of which really shows the climbing area well.

Home to the moderate multipitch trad classic Gooseberry (5.8, 7 pitches)

Books to the area include:
  • Sport Climbs in the Canadian Rockies by John Martin and Jon Jones (only covers sport climbs, but has the Gooseberry approach info

  • Banff Rock by Chris Perry (unpublished, but in preparation)

Getting There 

From the Trans Canada:

Take the Banff exit and head towards Banff on Banff ave. Drive south 1 km and take the Tunnel Mountain Rd for 5.5 km. Take a left onto Tunnel Mountain Dr and go about 200 m. Park by a winter closer gate and some trashcans next to a wide open field (an underground reservoir).

To Gooseberry area:

Head across the open field towards the cliff and locate the large manhole cover (sorta hidden behind bushes. Pick up the trail and follow it SW. At the first Y, take a right, then angle right at the second Y. At an intersection, keep heading straight for the cliff. When you reach the base skirt south (climbers left) along the base until you find an obvious beat down spot where the climb starts in a 5.6 groove. Most notable, there is a heart shape carved in the rock just right of the route and the route itself has "GB" carved at the start. Kinda lame, but it makes finding it easy.

Climbing Season

For the Banff National Park area.

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Tunnel Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tunnel Mountain:
Gooseberry   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 7 pitches   
Ballista   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b A0     Sport, Aid, 8 pitches, 650'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Tunnel Mountain East Face. Ballista climbs just to...

Ballista 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b A0  North America : Canada : ... : Tunnel Mountain
This is a great, moderately long, moderately difficult sport route up a relatively unexposed portion of Tunnel Mountain's East Face. P1: 30m, 5.10a Climb up the corner/crack feature clipping a few bolts along the way until you reach a roof. The roof looks like an obvious feature to climb but upon closer inspection is sort of junky. At the roof, head left through crux moves using interesting blocky sidepulls and gastons. Follow a few more bolts to a semi-hanging stance at 30m. 13 bolts.P2: 25m 5....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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