Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Barrier Bluffs, Kananaskis Country

The day starts with a european breakfast on my patio- espresso, a slice of toast from the bakery down the street, and a good book.  It's already 20 degrees and it's sunny.  What girl couldn't resist a day climbing in the mountains in these conditions?  So, I head to the polling stations in Canmore to put in my Alberta Provincial Election vote, and I'm on my way to the Bluffs!  Barrier Bluffs in Kananaskis Country is an early season favourite for climbers in the Bow Valley.  It's south facing, there are large rocks to lounge on at the base of the climbs, and the grades are moderate so you can work the bolts without scaring yourself. 
As usual there was a bit of snow on the approach, but there is usually only a few patches left in late April.


I slowly made my way up some 5.10 slippery, slabby climbs and enjoyed the sun and warm breeze.  What a great intro to the 2012 summer rock season.  I'll be out there this summer and I hope I see you out there too!

  ***A note on hanging out below the climbs at Barrier Bluffs***

Wear your helmet and do not hang out on the large boulders that you probably have already lounged on!  There were rocks the size of my head that landed 2ft away from me as I was getting stuff from my pack.  I was glad I kept my helmet on even when I wasn't climbing.  It really doesn't take much.  Remember this if you ever go- there is rock above you that you can't see.