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Classic “Corner Pitch” on The Shoe in Rockies Collapsed

The big rockfall has been one of many around Banff in the past few days

The third-pitch, also known as the Corner Pitch, on The Shoe “Le Soulier” in Banff National Parks has collapsed. The rockfall left a scar below and into the forest. The corner was an important feature for stem and jams, and was used for feet after passing the crux and onto the next anchor.

Nobody should attempt to climb it until the rock (which appears very dirty and loose) is inspected and the bolts possibly moved. The route was first climbed in the 1960s, and was retro-bolted within the past 20 years.

The four-pitch climb on the southeast face of Tunnel Mountain (Sleeping Buffalo) is one of the most classic multi-pitch bolted climbs close to the town of Banff. Below are a number of photos showing the damage.

There is currently an access closure to the top of The Shoe area, but climbers can access from below. We’ll update you once the climb has been checked out and fixed up.

The missing corner on pitch-three of The Shoe May 27, 2021
Before and after the rockfall
Rockfall on Bankhead Buttress on Cascade Mountain
Rockfall on the south ridge of Mount Norquay 
Tunnel Mountain closure May 2021