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 hard 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! 

Nemesis ice climb at the Stanley Headwall

Location: Highway #93 South.  45 minute drive from Canmore.

Difficulty: WI6

Length: 160m

Logistics: Nemesis is best climbed with just one guest per guide. 

Ice climbing up Nemesis
Rappelling down Nemesis ice climb

Other Nearby Routes

  • French Reality – WI6+, 5.8, 150m
  • Storm Creek – numerous hard ice & mixed multipitch routes.
  • Bourgeau Left – WI5, 185m
  • Bourgeau Right – WI4R, 310m