Trip Report
Banff Canmore Short Sweet

by MH2
Sunday August 3, 2014 9:50am
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

The climbs are an easy walk

And little streams of stainless steel...

And they don't use any chalk.

previously on ST

Brutus of Wyde

May 12, 2003

"Grand Sentinel is as wild a quartzite spire as you will ever see."

Jul 20, 2008

"Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL area. Rained last time we were there, bailed off Sir Donald, ticked Grassi Ridge on Wiwaxy after a crack of noon start (due to morning verglas) and never even started for Mt. Louis. Grand Sentinel still high on the list, weather, fires, and griz moms have so far prevented a serious attempt."

the start

the tippy top

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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Aug 3, 2014 - 01:54pm PT
I wish more here would adopt the 'short and sweet' philosophy.
In yer case the sweetness might justify 'not so short'.

But that choss! Get's me all hot and bothered!
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Justin Ross from North Fork
  Aug 3, 2014 - 10:05am PT
MH2, that spire pic is one of the best ever. You are the man, would love to go to Banff in the summer.

Trad climber
  Aug 3, 2014 - 10:23am PT

Sport climber
  Aug 3, 2014 - 11:03am PT

Awesome TR, and the spire pic has a wow-factor of the highest degree...
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Redwood City
  Aug 3, 2014 - 01:37pm PT
Wonderful TR , too many long winded introspective dissertations on climbing to the top of a pile of rocks ... yours was perfect !
Bad Climber

  Aug 3, 2014 - 01:53pm PT
Damn, I love the Rockies.



Social climber
  Aug 3, 2014 - 02:30pm PT
Nice huge furry arm Andy. :-D

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Aug 3, 2014 - 03:26pm PT
Looks like that rock requires a certain amount of expertise.....sweet for sure!
this just in

Justin Ross from North Fork
  Aug 4, 2014 - 09:02am PT
Hoping for more pictures bump.

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Author's Reply  Aug 4, 2014 - 09:15am PT
I ran out of time and patience, Justin. Sooner or later, though.

Thanks for the great comments, folks. I should pay more attention to TRs.

Yes, Bruce, that is Guides' Rock. We were following in Peders' footsteps on Sea of Dreams.

Robert had made many trips to ski and climb ice but no summer visits. It was funny to see his disbelief at the pitiful weep at The Back of the Lake which he claims is an ice climb.

Words used in the guide for the Lake Louise area:

impeccable, beautiful, compelling, iconic, stellar, superb, spectacular, premier, finest, magnificent, extraordinarily beautiful

on pages 245 and 246

seems to have brought out the lyrical in the pipefitter
Big Mike

Trad climber
  Aug 4, 2014 - 09:25am PT
Very, very nice Andy!! Looks like fun!!

Trad climber
Golden, CO
  Aug 4, 2014 - 10:20am PT
Nice TR with beautiful pics. That looks like sharp limestone.

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Aug 4, 2014 - 10:27am PT
Canadialand seems more and more appealing as a place to road trip!

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Aug 4, 2014 - 11:02am PT

Blue Ridge Mts, Shenandoah River
  Aug 4, 2014 - 11:07am PT
Love the spire photo - almost looks like a shadow or optical illusion with all the layers of the foreground and background.

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Aug 4, 2014 - 11:17am PT

Yes yes yes yes yes. Rad. Makes me wanna go stroll thru alpine meadows, fend off killer momma bears and rap off sketchy shale summits. Thanks for a killer little Monday morning TR. Please do it more often.


Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Aug 4, 2014 - 01:01pm PT
Holy sweet glory! I have wanted to go to that area since before I knew about rock climbing with ropes and such... These pics make me want to go even more. Super-tiffypoo!
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Aug 4, 2014 - 03:14pm PT
Very nice work, thank you!!!
You've got talent !!!
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