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Besides the extensive problems to be found at Panorama Hills there are a number of very obscure places to hit up. There is Krater Rock which I remember crawling under a farmers fence to access, and my favorite, Split Rock seen just off Beddington Trail.
There is some obscure rocks about cowtown and loads of possibilities for kids or something to do if you have time to kill- bring a pad and keep a low profile. Mostly one move wonders….
Edworthy Quarry – Vandalised urban wall with a O.K. traverse. Horizontal edges on sandstone; wait till it’s dry.Wall is 4m by 10m long. Get to Spruce Dr. from Bow Trail, drop down Edworthy St. and park in pullout on left. 25m into bush. I have recently seen someone drytool bouldering this crag, which actually seems perfect for such practice.
Shotglass – Short slender shard on grass at the Beddington Co-op Centre just off Centre St. It’s quiet after midnight.
Rockyview Hospital Boulder – Some good problems on the backside of this stone that has the hospital name on it. Hospital staff said it falls outside of private property and onto that of the city- the No Smoking signs draw this line, however, leave if confronted and stay away from the Letters. 2hr. parking is had on Kananaskis Dr., then just walk over the 14th St. bridge. Please note that since the upgrades around the boulder a few years back may make all access obsolete and frowned upon.
NoseHill Rocks – Park at the big 14th St. lot and hike up the old road to the top, the rocks are near the clay ridge. Pointed rock below the ridge: traverse the west face, top is out, step around the yellow edge. The farthest west rock(and these are rocks!): SS with a jug, good little lunge to ridge then smear right.
Bebo Grove – Since Raven Cliffs are closed to the public, Bebo Grove chimney is some entertainment. Drive 24th St. south into Fish Creek Park. The chimney is behind the bathrooms. Mat advised.
Carburn Boulder – This 11ft. rock has some nice problems. Sits in the middle of the bike path near the Eric Harvie Bridge- park 50m away on Riverview Pk.
Taihenge(Riverbend Erratic) – Park along 24th St. SE, cross the empty field to the rocks. Many options. The land developer wants it gone but costs $30,000 to move, get on the tags before it’s too late. Feels like L.A.’s Stoney Point! *Please note this boulder may have been blasted into dust or moved, go see for yourself and let us know.
Rubbing Stone Hill – Park in the lot where 64th Ave. meets Nose Hill Park. The Rubbing Stone is visible from the 14th St/64th Ave. intersection. About a 10 min. stroll up grasslands. Offers little for adults but either butt end is deceivingly tricky. Kids will have flashed all their traverses before you make it outta the south end overhang even with the help of the massive 2-hand jug. Bring pad.
Deerfoot Trail Boulders – Drive up 17Ave SE and turn right onto 24th St. Park at a lot and walk over to the narrow rock with benches(V2). Or drive further and turn right and go over the Deerfoot Trail bridge and park at a gate. The tagged boulder is 50m uphill.
Trashcan Rock – seen to the north of Country Hills Blvd east bound before Deerfoot in the valley. Access is no longer allowed.