The Can­more Club­house

Gripped - - NORTHERN FACES -

Alpine Club of Canada’s Head­quar­ters Built in the woods on the east­ern edge of Can­more, the Alpine Club of Canada’s ( acc) club­house is a quaint cabin. Of­ten it is full of climbers, moun­tain bik­ers, hik­ers, skiers and trav­ellers vis­it­ing the Rock­ies. Lo­cated on a sunny, south fac­ing bench only min­utes from town, the main club­house sleeps 31 people.

The club­house is only an hour f rom Cal­gar y, per fect for people f ly­ing to the moun­tains for a long weekend. Close to the main hut are t wo smaller cab­ins. One is the Boswell Cabin, per fect for small groups and fam­i­lies, and the other is the Bel l Cabin, built for large groups.

Sit­ting at 1,335 me­tres, the cabin over­looks the Bow Val­ley. The views from the hut are hard to beat, the north faces of the Three Sis­ters, Mount Lougheed, the Wind­tower and the Ehag y Nakoda range. The in­ter ior is dec­o­rated in moun­tain chic The Bow Val­ley has thou­sands of sport routes to choose from in a num­ber of crags such as, Couger Creek, Grassi Lakes, Grotto Canyon, Heart Creek, Car­rot Creek and Echo Canyon.

For multi-pitch climb­ing there are dozens of big walls which have some high-qualit y routes, such as, eeor, Ha Ling, Yam­nuska, Tun­nel Moun­tain, Cas­cade Moun­tain and Goat Moun­tain.

Moun­tains to hike are Grotto Moun­tain, Lady McDon­ald, eeor, Pigeon, Heart, Ha Ling and Lawrence Grassi. Tal l Storey is the must-climb mul­ti­p­itch route to do in Echo Canyon. As Son­nie Trot­ter said, “Tal l Storey is a mod­ern mega clas­sic, tow­er­ing eight spor t pitches high, it goes a l l free at 5.11c. Ba­si­cal ly, you park in the lot and walk up the hil l from there, you can’t miss it, and when you come down, you can have a hut wait­ing for you, with clean show­ers, and a hot mug of tea. The route has an hour-and-a-half ap­proach, and we went prett y slowly, en­joy­ing the day.”

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