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TimePenguin


Feb 18, 2009, 3:19 PM
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Good climbing around Montreal?  (North_America: Canada: Quebec)
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Contemplating a move to Montreal for grad school. Having been in the Baltimore/DC area for 8 years now, I've grown accustomed to having decent day crags within a couple hours, acceptable weekend crags (Seneca, Franklin) within 3-4 hours, and awesome crags (New, Red, Gunks) in the 6-9 hour range. Was wondering what kind of climbing is available within the same general driving distances from Montreal? I'm primarily a sport climber, but am starting to get into trad and ice more, and of course accept bouldering as my punishment if no real climbing is available. If anyone cares to share their knowledge of the area it would be greatly appreciated!!


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There is Rumney about 4.5 hours south of Montreal. 1-2 hours from Montreal are a couple of small crags north of Montreal. Nothing on the scale of the red. The red is 15 hours, and remains the best destination.


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The Adirondacks, awesome crags. Poko-moonshine is about 90 miles south.
With all the rest about the same distance


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although not real rock, allez-up is a pretty good gym very close to downtown mtl.

just out of curiosity, what are you going to grad school in Montreal for?


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Most common place to climb is Val david (north 1.5 hr) or orford (1.5 hr south) otherwise, head south for several hours and yea, there's plenty in the states. There's also two big gyms in Montreal, Allez up and Horizon roc, Horizon is mostly french and Allez Up is bilingual and close to downtown. I'd suggest Orford because it's bolted (Val david is more mixed, trad and boulder than sport) You can also check out drtopo.com for most of the quebec region, though you'll have to look in the french section as it'll have much more details. Cheers


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Brilliant. Thanks everyone! Always good to have some solid day and weekend crags. Thanks for pointing out the trad/bolted situation and recommending the better gym too. The French and I have sort of a love/hate relationship going on--for the most part we forego the love and openly hate each other =)

Senate--not sure if your question is what I'd be studying or why I'd chose Montreal over elsewhere. To answer the first, neuroscience or bioengineering. The second...McGill is the only school in North America that seems to want me so far! Good thing they have an incredible program in a pretty cool city.


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check out Kamouraska and 2 summers ago I was at Val David and found lots of bolts! Cool


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Excuse my limited knowledge - but what is "The red", and where is it? Is it the Red Rocks?
I am a Swedish rock climber (intermediate) and will go to Canada for my first time in mid june. I will go to Montreal for a conference and plan to stay on vacation for 1-2 more weeks. I would love to do some rock climbing and have no problem leaving Montreal for the best. Within reasonable distance (Red Rock is a little bit too far). But where should I go?

As I have limited time and knowledge it would be great to join a course or group with guide. Do you have any recommendations for guide agencies in the areas you recommend?


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Jagren wrote:
Excuse my limited knowledge - but what is "The red", and where is it?

Red River Gorge, Slade, Kentucky, USA.

Lots of Spurt climbing there.


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Head south from Montreal in to the US and go to Pokomoonshine. You won't be disappointed.


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You are probably no further from the Gunks than you were in Baltimore, and likely an easier/quieter drive. There are always a lot of folks from Montreal there for any Canadian holidays. Adirondaks even closer. I don't know about anything north of the border.


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Slightly off topic, but I remember driving up to Montreal from NH many moons ago and there are these huge imposing hills rising abruptly from the plain that stretches southeast of the city. You can see them quite clearly on google maps.

Is there any climbing on those? And what are thay? Ancient volcanoes like the Ossipees in New Hampshire?


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