The Shining Path, 5.7 600m
FA- G.Cornell and T.Devonshire, July 2002
Joy’s new neighbor! The Shining Path is about 100m longer and takes the slim corner in the middle of the big slab. The route is slightly more runout especially on the crux and the rock is much looser than Joy, again, much looser in spots, however it has been repeated a number of times since showing up on the scene. Take gear to 2″, pins, Tri-Cams, medium nuts and mandatory 60m ropes minimum. This route is more about the expansive vista of slab and the corner your on than what is worth of the climbing, however the 3 or 4 steep pitches after the 5.3 ramble is an incredible position. It seems every country and many climbing venues have a route named The Shining Path or Sendero Luminoso, this is one of many as is the route on the Ship’s Prow near Canmore with the same name(see Rock East for more info).
Park at Upper Kananaskis Lakes North Interlakes lot and hike for a half hour along the old fireroad(keep right) to the end of the lake then slog up the scree slope to the base of the slab above the boulder field.
Start as for Joy, and scramble the first 100m of slab to a steep black streak on the left wall. Climb its’ far left side and a traverse right to belay (5.6, 25m) Belay at the last shrub out left after about 300m of 5.3/4 climbing. Go back out right and up the corner to a belay. Continue up the corner for 6 pitches to a big ledge with a 2-bolt belay. Go up a broken gully and make a rising sweep on horribly loose rock(The Leprosy Pitch) up to a tiny alcove with the last bolt. Traverse up and right to the ridge. Either take the ridge to the summit or downclimb 15m to a notch and down to the backside scree which meets Joy. Hike off via a ramp to the meadows.
What we lugged up The Shining Path: many pitons, nuts, Tri-Cams, small-medium cams and 7 slings is likely enough as it’s more runout than Joy. The route was started in about 1998 and we had gotten half way up the slab at that point but a summer bear closure over a few sporatic weeks in the season prevented anything further until Tony came on board and the grizzly vanished.