Banff Rock

Mt Rundle and Banff town site, Escargo Corner, Mt Norquay

The Banff area offers a great variety of unique multi-pitch lime stone routes.

We guide climbing routes on Tunnel Mountain, Mt Cascade, Mt Norquay, Mt Louis and Castle Mountain.

All the routes in the Banff area start very close to town and have a 30- 60 min hiking approach on well maintained parks trails.

Most of these routes were placed many years ago and are some of the Bow Valleys first multi-pitch long routes.

Possible Routes
  • Climb Aftonroe in Banff

    This excellent quality 5.7 route is a new addition to the Guides Rock area and is a 9 pitch bolted sport climb. We start our day with a 5 minuet drive from Banff with a 45 min hiking approach to the base of Guides Rock. It takes about 4-5 hours to get up and down the route so it makes for a full day out.

    Guides Rock, Banff Alberta
    5.7 friction slab climbing
    full day

  • Castle Mountain Tower Route
    Castle Tower Route

    The Castle Tower is one of the areas Five Star classic long routes
    and was first climbed by E. Feuz in 1926.

    20 min east of Banff, Castle Mountain/Rock Bound Lake Trailhead
    Alpine grade 2, 5.6 rock climbing on lime stone
    12-14 hours return to the car.

  • Escargo corner
    Escargo Corner, Mt Norquay

    Escargo is a six pitch, 5.8 natural gear route up a superb corner where you will actually climb on fossilized snails in the rock.

    Banff, Mt Norquay
    5.8 rock climbing, left hand corner/slab.
    8 hours return to car.

  • Gooseberry climb, Banff National Park
    Gooseberry, Tunnel Mountain

    Gooseberry is a great 5.8 route located on Tunnel Mountain close to the Banff town site.

    Banff Townsite, Tunnel Mountain
    mod 5.8 rock, face and slab climbing,
    300m full day 6-7 hours return.

  • Mt Louis, Kain Route
    Kain Route, Mt Louis

    The Kain Route is a 5.7 climb on limestone rock and is one of the best routes on Mt Louis.

    First climbed by Conrad Kain in 1916, its an impressive climb with tricky route finding.

    Banff, Mt Louis
    5.7 rock, lots of 4th class terrain
    Full day, 12-14 hours return to car


Banff National Park, Alberta
Full day or multi day trips
June to Oct

Fee's for longer alpine routes up to 12 hour days like Mt Louis or the Castle Tower are $600.00 for one and $375.00 per person for two climbers.

Client/Guide RatioFee

Fees are as quoted per person per day and in Canadian funds.
We can provide any climbing gear needed, included in the price.
Rock climbing shoes can be rented locally if needed.