Local guidebook author Francois Laplante and partner Addison Eady have added a nice looking five-pitch 5.8 to Maligne Valley in Jasper National Park.

Their new route is called Hands in My Pockets and climbs a slab to a steeper section on the Arch Wall.

Hands in My Pockets is 145 metres, climbs above Medicine Lake and takes an hour to approach.

The 145-metre route is one of many multi-pitch bolted routes added to the Rockies this year, including a soon-to-be-announced 17-pitch 5.9 A0 on Heart Mountain near Calgary.

Hands in My Pockets is one of many multi-pitch bolted routes added to the Rockies this year, including a soon-to-be-announced 17-pitch 5.9 A0 on Heart Mountain near Calgary.

Addison Eady on pitch two 5.8. Photo Laplante

Laplante wrote Northern Exposure, the most up-to-date print Jasper guidebook. The original Jasper Rock is still used by many local and visiting climbers.

For more info on Hands in My Pockets visit Laplante’s site here and follow Jasper climbing on Facebook here.


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