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The Rundlehorn

Banff + Yoho, Alberta

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  • A bunch of guides hanging out in the car park. - The Rundlehorn
  • The rock field beside the car park. Head straight through this. This is an awesome spot for an odd crags session or for practicing crevasse rescue in summer. - The Rundlehorn
  • Topping out on the final pitch of the Rundlehorn. - The Rundlehorn
  • A view from across the valley of the Rundlehorn.- The Rundlehorn
  • Coming up the seventh pitch above the traverse pitch. - The Rundlehorn
  • Checking out better ground with the Banff Fairmont in the background.- The Rundlehorn
  • Coming up the ridge of the Rundlehorn. - The Rundlehorn
  • The golfcourse down below along with the rest of Banff.- The Rundlehorn
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
A quick and easy route that is a superb place to learn to multi-pitch climb.
Cons: 
Very busy. Plenty of rockfall.
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Region:
Banff + Yoho, AL
Access: 
Vehicle
Climbing:
Sport climbing
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Site characteristics: Drinking water: 
Unfrozen water
Recommended Equipment:
Helmets, Harness / rope / anchors
Class / Rating: 
5.5
Highest point: 
1,620.00 m (5,314.96 ft)
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade II
Number of pitches: 
11
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
April 18 to November 14
Parking Pass: 
National or state forest pass
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Spring
Primary aspect: 
West facing
Total Distance: 
0.98 km (0.61 mi)
Total elevation gain: 
260.00 m (853.02 ft)
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,370.00 m (4,494.75 ft)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Rundlehorn is a classic climb almost inside the town of Banff. It is a meandering 11-pitch 5.5. To access the route, drive toward the Banff Golf Club. From town you head toward the Fairmont, but take the Bow Falls exit. Drive through the falls parking lot and across the bridge. About 500 meters down the road there is a pullout on the right hand side. A trail begins behind the lot, but to be honest you can basically just start heading up. There are so many trails, it's a pick-your-own-adventure sort of thing. You are aiming for a scree triangle. As you get higher, the trails converge. The start of the route can be tricky to find. Look for the bolts; they start about a 80 meters bellow the end of the scree triangle. You can leave your shoes here, although approach shoes are better than climbing shoes for this route. 

The route meanders diagonally up toward the crest of the ridge. The rock is limestone, but there are calcified features that make for excellent holds on the slab. It's run out but very easy climbing. The pitches here can easily be linked because they are quite short. Eventually you gain the ridge and it's a scramble up very loose scree to the next. Next to a very sappy pine tree you will find a gap in the rock band. Bolts can be observed higher up. This is defintiely the better half of the route, though the route finding is less obvious. Eventually it gains a broad, flat open area large enough to pitch a tent, and you're at the top.

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