Derek Galloway,the author of Bow Valley Sport guidebook, has established a new four-pitch sport route in Echo Canyon, The Temptress. It follows a steep line up blue-streaked limestone, the rock impeccable. The pitches are 45 metres and the position stunning. “It looked steep, man were they trying hard,” said Brit Will Woodhead as he looked on from Tall Storey, 5.11+, eight-pitches.
Echo Canyon is on Grotto Mountain and is accessed from the Alpine Club of Canada’s clubhouse in Canmore. The approach can vary depending on the crag, grades range from 5.10 to 5.14 over hundreds of routes. Besides all of the single pitch routes that can reach 50 metres there are multi-pitch climbs. The easiest being Prospect, 5.10, four-pitches, the next being Labour Pains, a three-pitch 5.11, then Tall Storey, and now the hardest is The Temptress. No matter what your flavour, this area will have you returning. A big thanks to Greg Toss and the other route developers, trail builders and senders.
The Temptress first pitch is 5.12d, second is 5.11c, the third is 5.12c and the crux last pitch is 5.13b. Galloway did the first ascent and then hung around for a day snapping photos of Vikki Weldon and Tom Wright checking the line out.