Great Late Sea­son East­ern Rock­ies Days Out

Gripped - - THE GYM - Story and photos by Tim Ban­field

Kananaskis Coun­try in the Cana­dian Rock­ies in­cludes some of the most pop­u­lar ice climbs along the Kananaskis High­way (Hwy 40) be­tween the Trans-Canada High­way and High­wood Pass and the Smith-Dorien/Spray Lakes Trail from Can­more. The ap­proach lengths and steep­ness are sim­i­lar to those more west, but the snow­pack of­ten less filled in. There are sin­gle-pitch must-climbs, multi-pitch ad­ven­tures and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. The climbs are close to Cal­gary and Can­more and there­fore are of­ten busy through­out the year. The Spray Lakes routes of­ten freeze the ear­li­est every sea­son and are some of the first climbed. The fol­low­ing six routes are must-climbs for lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

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