Canada Alpine Guides - Mountaineering and Climbing in Alberta's Rocky Mountains

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Canmore, Alberta
T1W 3H9

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Dec 2009
Nemesis - One of the Rockies best WI6 ice climbs. Nemesis at the Stanley Headwall.

Nemesis is one of the best WI6 routes in the Canadian Rockies and is a great introduction to the climbing at the legendary Stanley Headwall. The climb is usually done as 3 or 4 pitches, with the crux coming about two thirds of the way up. Most years some funky ice mushrooms provide the technical crux as well as a good pump as you pick your way around, through, and over them!

Reaching the belay at the top of pitch two on Nemesis

Location: Radium Highway (Hwy 93 South). 45 minutes from Canmore.
Length: 160m
Grade: WI6
Logistics: Climbs at the Stanley Headwall are best done as day trips from Canmore or Banff. Nemesis is guided with a 1:1 guide to guest ratio only, unless both guests have extensive experience. Skis or snowshoes are often needed for the approach.

In the groove while ice climbing up Nemesis

Other Nearby Routes

  • French Reality - WI6+, 5.8 , 150m
  • Sea of Vapours - WI5-6+, 165m
  • and literally hundreds more...

Almost at the top!