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Brainsurgeon


Aug 3, 2008, 10:00 PM
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Banff -Jasper Top Rope  (North_America: Canada: Alberta)
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My kids (13, 15) are both getting better and are chomping to have me lead them up a multi pitch. They still need a bit more top rope tempering from my perspective, and then second a couple of simple (5.4ish) leads. I'm on an extended climbing & backpacking trip with them and I want to expose them to top roping areas in as many locations as possible. (we're from the Adirondacks, they're both climbing 5.6ish stuff there) We'll spend a week in the Banff Jasper area, a few nights in the backcountry doing some traditional backpacking, but as much of the rest with a harness on and chalk on their fingers. Then on to the Tetons, Black Hills etc. We're well equiped. I'm an old school traditional climber, but not all that I was. :-) (that hurts to admit) but still in the game. I'd love to find areas that have top access for setting up anchors and watching/belaying from below (fairly stable rock) Who's got ideas?


uni_jim


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Re: [Brainsurgeon] Banff -Jasper Top Rope [In reply to]
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if you look in the "routs" section in the green bar at the top of your screen, it is easy enough to find all sorts of climbing locations in the Jasper/Banff area as well as all over the world. Hope that helps a bit.


Brainsurgeon


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Thanks, Jim. I poked around in the routes section for quirte a bit, but not enough detail for what I need. Great for multi-pitch stuff, or alpine leads, but still looking for a top-rope area. Ideas?


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Hi! I just got back from a trip to Jasper and Banff with my daughter. There is the "Rock Garden' which is only 10-15 minutes east from Jasper and has good top roping- also "Lost Boys" which is approx 40 min south of Jasper. There is a really good climbing store in Jasper where we got our info. Apparently the book for climbing in the area is sold out, waiting for a new printing.But
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you can go to the print shop in Jasper and they will run off whatever pages you want for details on climbs.


Brainsurgeon


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Thanks for the heads-up, Lightning. Weather permitting, we'll head over their tomorrow. Just arrived in Jasper today after a few nights in the backcountry.


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The following are good top rope areas, Wasootch being choice number 1.

Wasootch Creek in Kananaskis Country (30ish min drive from the town of banff) is an accepted top roping area. 5min approach. Expect to scramble to/across ledges to access top rope anchors, there are also routes that can be lead on gear or bolts. Has a large number of easier routes. Expect polished rock.
See 'Sport Climbs in the Canadian Rockies 6th edition' John Martin and Jon Jones

Rundle rock is another spot, not very high or all that interesting IMO. Holds maybe 5 lines not exceeding 15m. However it is practically in the town of Banff. Follow the golf course road, looking for a hidden parking lot on your right. If you hit the clubhouse you have gone to far. approach time 45 seconds. Look for the boulder. Lots of long slings are very very useful for top anchors as the bolts tend to be spread apart.


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