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dlintz


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Where to be a sportard in Canada?  (North_America: Canada)
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My wife and I are taking honeymoon #1 soon and will be traveling through Canada from Calgary to Vancouver. She's not much of a traddie so any climbing we do will be clipping bolts.

I've looked through the route database here on on other sites but having never been north of the border I'm hoping to maximize the climbing and minimize the searching. Can anyone recommend some "must do" places to hit up? To appease the wifey it'll need to be single pitch up to say 5.11+. Any help would be much appreciated.

P.S. If you know of any interesting "off the beaten patch" places to visit or good restaurants/bars/microbreweries along the way please let me know.

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Squamish
-Murrin (Pet Wall)
-Chek and Chek Canyon
-Whistler area

Skaha/Kelowna (there's a new guidebook out for Kelowna but haven't climbed there yet)

Lake Louise/Bow Valley

What other info are you looking for?


dlintz


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Specific crags really, I have no idea where we're going on a day to day basis and was hoping to get some ideas for individuals areas that stick out (quality-wise). Thanks for the listings.

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Lake Louise (name of both crag and town), quartzite and some great sport climbs there.

I've heard it debated, but I loved Grassi Lakes in Canmore. Pocketed limestone, some decent overhangs, but not everything. Just fun sport climbing I thought, but can get crowded on the weekends (not that bad though).

Both are easy access, and climbs are concentrated. You have to pay to be in Banff Park for Lake Louise, but Grassi is outside of the park. Bonus to Grassi is to head down to Canmore for a good meal and drinks after if that's your thing.


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granite_grrl wrote:
Lake Louise (name of both crag and town), quartzite and some great sport climbs there.

I've heard it debated, but I loved Grassi Lakes in Canmore. Pocketed limestone, some decent overhangs, but not everything. Just fun sport climbing I thought, but can get crowded on the weekends (not that bad though).

Both are easy access, and climbs are concentrated. You have to pay to be in Banff Park for Lake Louise, but Grassi is outside of the park. Bonus to Grassi is to head down to Canmore for a good meal and drinks after if that's your thing.
Good meals and drinks are definitely my thing! Thanks for the crag suggestions.

d.


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it's been said once but bears repeating: skaha.

skaha, skaha, skaha, BC's OTHER world-class area.


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Drive along Highway 3 west.
First stop Castlegar and the Waterline Walls, Lions Head. Sport routes up to 3 pitches.
Second. Skaha. 700+ routes mostely sport.
Third Squamish. Small grags, if your just clipping bolts.

PS. Don't waste your time in Alberta.


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slavetogravity wrote:
Drive along Highway 3 west.
First stop Castlegar and the Waterline Walls, Lions Head. Sport routes up to 3 pitches.
Second. Skaha. 700+ routes mostely sport.
Third Squamish. Small grags, if your just clipping bolts.

PS. Don't waste your time in Alberta.

As a "off the beaten path" route you could go N from Calgary through Nordegg. There's some great multipitch sport, an awesome hostel, lots of diversity and its pretty damn quite.

And while I take issue with the Alberta comment Wink, Highway 3 is an awesome drive. Waterline Walls was a blast and Oosoyoos north is wine country!

P.S. If you do go the south route, skip the Coquihalla Highway and stay on the #3 through Manning Park.


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