FATMAP difficulty grade
You will need to be picked up or drop a car off in Banff.
We started at 430am to get a good head start on the day and the heat.
EEOR is a scramble with some trail braiding.
It has loose rocks and some sections that have potential for rock debris falling on you. Once you are up EEOR and you can see the ridge you will be following for the rest of the day. You will cross 11 peaks with lots of climbing and descending.
You can do up to 7 rappels if you want.
There is always the option with every rappel to avoid it but you will lose substantial elevation each time you do this. This route is iconic and if you choose the rappel sections you get more of the experience along the ridges. There was more rappel sections then described.
If you keep your eyes out you will see some rappel sections that will help keep you moving steady and safely.
They are a mixed with bolted anchors and some slings around rock.
As you make your way to peak 7 you will start your harder route finding, challenging scrambling and climbing.
All the rappels are straight forward but there is one section which you come to a fairly big rappel which is going to require you to transition from your 5 m rappel to another rappel station to then do a 27m rappel.
This is where having some gear to anchor yourself while you transition is key.
Getting into this crack is challenging and unique as well.
I would recommend groups of 2-3 max and if the group is larger bring two ropes.
We had three big men and it gets tight transitioning. I would also carry enough stuff to build anchors and rappel incase the gear that is previously set up is damaged or not safe to use. As you head to navigate the final peak you can choose two options one being a climbers route and more exposed.
We choose the safer options which was to climb over to a chimney and climb up that.
It had snow which was great because at this point we stopped and refilled our water and drank a bunch of fluids. You climb to the final peak to enjoy an amazing view and can see all of Banff. Getting down from here is a grind and longer then you expect as you see the Banff Springs Hotel but it seems to never get closer.
It switch backs for ever and you lose elevation slowly. *there is minor water on this route *limited shade *serious route and route finding especially with rappelling.