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New 1,000-metre 5.10+ on Rundle Near Banff

By locals Kevin Rohn and Alik Berg

Kevin Rohn and Alik Berg climbed a new mega rock route from the north on Mount Rundle above the Bow Valley between Canmore and Banff over two days in August. They named it Perseid Ridge 5.10+, 1,000 m.

It had 15 pitches of climbing and a lot of scrambling. It ended on the summit of Mount Rundle and starts on the north side of Rundle up buttress number eight, which had never been climbed. “Even had a splitter pitch,” said Rohn, son of legendary climber Rob Rohn. “Lately, I’ve been really psyched on adventure climbing close to home. This one in particular felt pretty wild. One of the greater adventures for me to date.”

Rohn is the son of legendary skier and climber Rob Rohn, managing director of Canadian Mountain Holidays. Berg is one of Canada’s most accomplished all-round climbers in Canada. The Indigenous name for Rundle is Waskahigan Watchi or House Mountain. This is one of many big new routes in the Rockies this year, a full write-up will be in the Gripped 22.5 print magazine this fall.