Elliot's Left Hand

A fun adventure climb up a narrow canyon to a spectacular final pillar!  A long pitch of WI3 leads to a bunch of shorter ice steps as you wind your way up the canyon.  Above, the crux pillar provides a great challenge and can be deceptively steep!  Usually there is time to do a couple laps on this upper pitch and enjoy the beautiful setting before rappelling down.

Elliot's Left Hand ice climb near Nordegg

Location: David Thompson Highway (Hwy 11).  30 minute drive from Nordegg or 2.5 hours from Canmore.

Difficulty: WI4

Length: 200m

Logistics: Up to two guests can join the guide for an ascent of Elliot’s Left Hand.  Stay in nearby Nordegg or the Rampart Creek Hostel, or make the drive out from Canmore/Banff.

Ice canyon on Elliots Left Hand
Cool canyon on Elliot's Left Hanf

Other Nearby Routes

  • Murchison Falls – WI4+, 200m
  • Kitty Hawk – WI5, 200m
  • SAR’s On Ice & 570 – WI3/4, 120m
  • Nothing But The Breast – WI4+, 150m
  • Good Luck & Bad Dreams – WI4, 150m
First pitch of Elliot's Left Hanf