This was a big day, about 16 hours car to car, with two cars at separate lots. We climbed the 13 pitches as 7 pitches by combining pitches 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, and 8-9-10. Combining 8-10 involved about 5m of simul climbing with a 70m rope. Gear placement was a bit spacy and some of leads felt fairly exposed, but there was nothing too hard. All in all a fantastic alpine route. Definitely do the alternate finish that goes up and right as it is by far the best pitch. Also 5.6+ to me might as well be 5.7 as it felt that way. Good way to end the summer!
some great climbing, some not so great gear. pretty steep and juggy for 5.6, not the slabby climbing you often get at this grade. the right handed last pitch is super cool. makes for a mega day with all the hiking and stuff. fun to overnight in the hut again 10 years after the first time. glad for good weather and a less smokey day today to take in the views.
"5.6+" on the Banff Rock topo is hilarious. Couple of 5.8 feeling cruxes on the hard pitches. Lots of easy climbing on the lower end pitches. Climbs really well, some runouts, not a good climb if 5.7 gear is your limit. I thought it was better than Ultra Brewers, despite being easier.