/ Lake Lousie Banff Info
Mountain routes - plenty to go at. Snow/ice wise look at:
- Mt Victoria (north or south peaks)
- Mt Lefroy (from the same hut as Victoria south)
- Mt Aberdeen/Haddo Peak
Rock routes - note that June may still have a lot of snow on the higher peaks, good, up-to-date conditions reports are at acmg.ca
- Castle Mountains, including Eisenhower Tower (5.5ish) and Brewers Buttress (5.6)
- Mt Louis (5.7ish)
- Lots around Lake O'Hara, though still probably snowy
- Mt Temple (one of the 11'000ers)
- Mt Edith
- Lots around Canmore area, eg. Lady McDonald, Grassi Mtn, Ha Ling, Yamnuska
- Mt Rundle (right out of Banff)
- Back of the Lake at Lake Louise, mix of sport and trad, will be cold though.
- Lots of sport climbing around Banff/Canmore - main easier areas are Tunnel Mtn, Grassi Lakes, Cougar Creek, Heart Creek. Not too much 5.8 or under, odd routes, but bolts may encourage you to push your grade a bit?
- Also multipitch sport and trad, eg. Kid Goat, Yamnuska, Mother's Day Buttress on Cascade, Gooseberry on Tunnel.
- Selected Alpine climbs in the Canadian Rockies
- 11'000ers of the Canadian Rockies
- Sport Climbing in the Canadian Rockies (actually only covers Banff/Canmore/L.Louise area)
- Canadian Rock: Select Climbs of the West (covers BC as well, eg. Squamish and Skaha).
- Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies (covers basically every summit that doesn't involve ropes or glaciers)
- Summitpost is fairly good for route descriptions.
PM me if you want further info :)
Lake Louise has some great trad climbing just at the end of the lake. Its about 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour West of Banff on Highway 1.
Some good crags around Banff but most are around Canmore (about 15mins apart). Most crags are bolted.
Get the "Bow Valley Sport" guidebook when you get here
Any number of big mountain routes to go at but I can't give you any info as I've not done any yet.
Hey Maria, did you know Matt?
both were walk ups over big dry glaciers, followed by a gentle scramble to the summits.
nothing major but interesting climbing in different conditions, President is a long day out 8-9 hours
Enjoy - I'm über jealous...my wife was offered a job out there when we visited on honeymoon but sadly it's too far away from family for her... :-(
> - Selected Alpine climbs in the Canadian Rockies
Also known as the 'book of lies' due to some some, erm, inaccuracies.
Add to this the recently published Banff Rock guide book that attempts to cover all the trad and sports routes in the park. It's superb and there's tons in the grade range you refer to.
June is often the wettest and most unsettled month in the rockies and the snow can still be a problem.
> Also known as the 'book of lies' due to some some, erm, inaccuracies.
> Amen to that! I have first hand experience of the ,erm inaccuracies and I wouldn't wish to repeat them! Having said that I have had two summer trips to Canada (one to the Rockies and one to the Bugaboos) and they were both fabulous. Both however in September so I couldn't comment on potential conditions in June
Point St Nicholas - summit of summits from a certain angle - compulsory photo opportunity! Sufficiently compact to take turns, but no-one's to know.
June is an interesting month.. you might be ski touring on the Wapta but it really does depend on how much snow falls and how warm the spring is. I've been skiing in May easily one year but I've also been sun bathing on Yamnuska another.
For definite Alpine routes I'd go a bit later; for really spring skiing I'd go a bit earlier.
Agree about the book of lies.
The new Banff guide looks superb. I lived and climbed in this area for three years and my view is that the sport routes and trad routes are very different from one another, unlike California where trad routes with some bolts and "sport" routes with widely spaced bolts are common. The sport routes in the Banff area tend to be very highly bolted and user-friendly and close to the road, whereas the trad routes are the opposite. The rock is generally better than reputation (i.e., very strong limestone or dolomite) but the belay ledges on some of the trad routes are often mini-talus slopes, so when you are neck-level with the ledge you have to spend several minutes re-arranging stones and rocks so as to be able to step up, or mantle up without knocking anything down.
As others have said, June's a funny time - there may be enough snow to ski on the Wapta/Columbia Icefields (north of Lake Louise - I deliberately didn't refer to these areas in my previous post as you'd asked for the Banff/Louise area - there is lots lots more to go at up there though, and an incredibly beautiful area). I very much doubt you'd be able to ski around the Lake Louise area, unless it's a particularly snowy year. Going purely for alpine climbing, a little later in the year is often better.
If you're interested in photos, PM me and I can drag some out from June-ish time in previous years to give you an idea.
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