Despite the long approach, Bataan is certainly a contender for the best limestone in the Bow Valley!! The quality of these water sculpted cliffs is unparalleled, with magnificent positions high above the scenic valley. Bataan's vertical to slightly overhanging walls feature many long and sustained routes that are littered with pockets, jugs and edges - endurance is the name of the game. Climbers are slowly realizing the huge potential of this crag, and that the rewards of climbing on pristine blue grey and yellow streaks far outweigh the hike and crowds.
Drive east on Bow valley trail from Canmore, which becomes highway 1A. Set your trip
Meter to zero at Elk run Boulevard. At 1.8km park in the pullout.
Do not enter the mining area on the approach, you can be fined and may jeopardize access to Bataan. A new trail left avoids the mine, and does not add any time to the approach.
Approximately 60 minutes hiking uphill to the first cave area, 90 minutes to the Eyes of Bataan.
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