Wasootch Creek
Wasootch Creek is a very popular climbing area for a few reasons.
It includes a large number of toprope routes, easy sport climbs, and easy trad climbs, perfect for whatever level you're starting on
There are are some more difficult routes too, and despite the popularity, it remains in remarkably good condition.
In addition, it's right at the top of highway 40, requiring only about an hour's drive from Calgary, and a ten minute walk from the cars.
We spent a number of evenings at this crag, and quite a few short walks back out in the dark.

The photos in this section are organized by the different slabs along the way.

Access
The walk up the creek is short and easy - and we once managed to bring the Subaru up the creek when we needed to evacuate a fallen climber.
The creek itself is nothing special, but we caught a number of pretty sunsets over Mount Lorette to the west.

Wasootch Creek.

Laurier drives the creekbed.

Piglet looks down A Slab.

Mount Lorette across the Kananaskis valley.

The sun sets above Lorette.

Sunset colours above Lorette.

Another evening's colours above Mount Lorette.
A Slab
The first rock down Wasootch Valley is largely open, with a number of easy routes. Suprisingly, none are very polished either.
I've heard that this gets obscenely busy on weekends, but on the evenings we were out, it was never overcrowded.
There are a good variety of options, and it's great for beginner lead climbers.
There is also a 3-pitch route that's only 30m in net height, making for a great practice option that can be rapelled with one 60m rope.

Looking down A8 - Fossil Wall (5.9).

Marshall on A9 (5.8).

Laurier reaches the top of A9.

Laurier on the challenging so-called 5.7 A10.

Marshall at the top of A10.

Rachel belays Laurier on A11 (5.9).

Marta on A13 (5.5).

Laurier belays Ken on A14 (5.6).

Ken on A14.

Kyle reaches the little overhang on A14.

Marta works the overhang.

Marshall starts up A15 (5.7).

Rachel works on A15.

Marshall on the upper corner of A15.

Laurier at the top of A15.

Kyle works A16 (5.6).

Kyle at the top of A16.

Jeff climbing A17 (5.5).

Jeff rapelling down A17.

Keith starts up the first pitch of A19 (5.6).

Keith and Ken at the top of the first pitch.

Keith walks off the 30m rappel.
B Slab
B slab is all trad routes, but it is also possible to scramble up to the top from climber's left, and then hang several top ropes. Some require a workrope to set.
I've never done any of the trad routes on B, but with topropes, it's a great area for teaching.

Climbers on B2 (5.5) and B4 (5.6).

B4 and B6 (5.5).

B6 (5.5) and B8 - Stumped (5.10b).

B6, B8, and B10 - The Funnel (5.8).

B10 - The Funnel (5.8), a neat corner route.

Climbing B10 - The Funnel (5.8).

Laurier climbs B18 (5.8), while Junya leads trad on B19 (5.7).

Keith follows Junya up the crack.
D Slab
D slab is the primary toprope area at Wasootch. It's one wide slab (and a heck of a slab, with friction and few holds).
There is an easy scramble route on the right up to a broad ledge from which you can set up the topropes.
On the far left are two really easy sport routes, which are great for learning. We tried a few of these.

Kyle starts up the 5.5 D2, with Larry belaying.

Kyle finishes off the climb while Rachel and Marta set a toprope.

Rachel leads D2.

Climbers toproping the slabs.

Climbers on D Slab.
F Slab
F slab is a neat one, a fair way down the creek, beyond where most people stop. We've never had to share it.
It includes some really good routes with a mix of holds, friction, and steep stuff.

Laurier on F2 (5.6).

F5 to F7.

Climbers on F4 and F5.

Kyle climbs F8 (5.7)

Rachel on F7 (5.8), and Kyle on F8 (5.7).

Side view of F slab (climber on F8).

Photos taken by Rachel

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