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POSTPONED Learn the Ropes of Multi-Pitch Rock - Gooseberry or McGillivray Slabs

For those who have some outdoor rock climbing experience but want to take it to the next level and see how to climb multi-pitch rock. We will jump on the 7 pitch Gooseberry at Tunnel Mountain or an easy/moderate 3-6 pitch sport/mixed route that most likely has bolted belay stations on McGillivray Slabs. The idea is to become familiar with lead belaying, belay stations, route finding, rope management, cleaning gear on second, and rappelling multi pitches. We will walk off or rappel the route.

The plan is to go to Tunnel Mountain and climb 7 pitch Gooseberry 5.8 or McGillivray Slabs east of Canmore just off the Trans Canada Highway. The cliff has about 10 routes and faces northeast/east. Forecast is for rain this week so hopefully it will be dry. If not we have alternatives nearby, some of which are south facing.

Some Background Info:

Gooseberry Topo -

McGillivray Slabs -

Equipment Required:



Climbing shoes

Locking carabiner + Belay device

1 prussik cord

2 additional locking carabiners (if you don't have let me know)

1 sling (if you don't have let me know)

Wind/rain jacket



Contact Alex with questions via email or at[masked]

NOTE: If the weather isn't cooperating then the trip may be cancelled (no point in going all that way to have wet rock that is unclimbable) so have a backup plan B so you don't waste your Sunday!

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  • Alex J.


    June 22, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Hi James - great to hear we may be able to double the group size with another trad leader. I will email you directly to get your trad experience.

    June 22, 2013

  • James

    Hi Alex, I am new to the group, but not new at all to multi-pitch climbing. After being injured for almost a year, doing some lower grade climbs would be nice way to get back into climbing. I have a trad rack also, so we could do two parties on separate routes if that works for you.

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Khrisna

    the ledges have lots of loose rocks and stacking multiple parties on top of each other may not be the best plan. If there are 2 parties, climbing gooseberry the adjacent route tonka is probably a better idea. You'll probably finish around the same time since one is gear but easy and the other is bolted but harder.

    walking back down will be faster than rappelling and much safer for any parties that may be below you

    just my 2 cents

    June 20, 2013

    • Alex J.

      Thanks for the suggestion Khrisna. The rappel description was referring to McGillivray Slabs. You have reinforced my walk off thoughts for Gooseberry.

      June 20, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Trip is postponed due to wet weather on June 9th. A new date will be posted soon.

    June 8, 2013

  • Girard A.

    Just completed the intro to sport and would like to progress into multipitch as a second and learn proper procedures and technique.

    May 27, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Hey Brett - 3 people on a multi-pitch is reasonable but four gets to be pretty slow and painful. There will be more of these trips to come and hopefully we can get everyone up at some point.

    May 24, 2013

    • Alex J.

      For this outing no, but the idea is to get people more comfortable so there are more members that can lead other rope parties ;}

      May 24, 2013

    • Alex J.

      Of course if someone who can lead wants to join us and lead another rope party - let me know!

      May 24, 2013

  • Brett G.

    Are you limiting the trip to 3 or will it open up to more people? Will Andrew be riding his GS there, if so maybe I'll come take some parts while he's on the wall ;)

    May 23, 2013

  • Gerry R.

    No Snowdome trip for me but it looks like the weather may put the brakes on this one too.

    May 22, 2013

    • Brett G.

      Gerry, I need to climb Snowdome so let's stay in touch about that.

      May 23, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Hey Paul - should be more of these in the future for sure!

    May 21, 2013

  • Paul K

    Very sad that I'm busy this day. Hooe you guys will run this again!

    May 21, 2013

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