Yamnuska has reopened after nearly two months of being closed. Kananaskis Country Public Safety made the announcement on Instagram. The popular mountain was closed in 2021 because of trail upgrades, which included moving the hiker’s trail and installing steps on the steeper sections. It reopened this spring but closed again due to trail conditions.
Yamnuska is one of Canada’s most popular multi-pitch rock climbing areas and was the cliff where technical climbing was introduced to the Canadian Rockies with Grillmair Chimneys back in the early 1950s. There are now dozens of classic routes from 5.6 to 5.14.
The original 34 rock climbs were documented in a guidebook by Urs Kallen and have gone on to become the must-tick list for all hardcore Yamnuska climbers. Modern classics include Pony Express 5.10b, Devil’s Right Hand 5.11c and Blue Jeans 5.13.
Read about Yamnuska and The Chief, another of Canada’s iconic mountains for hiking and rock climbing here. For a story about some of Yamnuska’s history by legendary Calgary rock climber Andy Genereux see here.