Montagne d'Argent Rock climbing245 routes in crag
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A large selection of climbs on good granite, usually with well maintained trails, anchors, and top-cliff access for setting top-ropes in many areas.
Montagne D'argent is a climbing and hiking area near the town of La Conception, Quebec. Or, a more known land mark would be that it is not far from the Mont Tremblant ski area.
There are a number of well-developed cliffs on generally good quality granite.
Web site: http://www.montagnedargent.com/ (French)
Oh, and one oddity -- the guide book uses a one to 4 star rating for trad climbs to represent the quality of the protection, not the route. (This is a new and different thing I have seen nowhere else.)
Further more, it should be noted that the history of Montagne d'Argent is directly related to the owner-operator, Gaetan Castilloux, who, had initially purchased the property and subsequently transfered the property to the community of La Conception as a non-profit organisation. Mr. Castilloux is also responsible for the cleaning and opening of the majority of the crags.
A brief narrative of the history is available in the for-purchase guidebook of the area (all proceeds go directly to the P.E.R.M.A and serve to maintain the access and quality of climbs and services on site.)
As of recently, Mr. Castilloux as become the head of Section for the Laurentides section of the Canadian Alpine Club.
The local climbing community would also like to extend it's thanks for his contribution of this vastly popular and visited site.
All photo topos have been removed at the request of Gaetan Castilloux. Please buy the guide book at the registration area for topos of the climbs.
The climbing area is maintained by "Parc d'Escalade et de Randonnée de la Montagne D'Argent" (PERMA) -- primarily a climber's organisation. Daily access fee was $8 as of summer 2013, and yearly memberships ($40 as of 2013) gives you also acess to the SEBKA to climb in Saint-André de Kamouraska. Being affiliated with the Alpine Club of Canada, members may climb for free upon presentation of their club membership but are still required to pay for on-site camping.
On weekends, there is generally someone there to collect the fees, during the week this is more often done on the honour system.
The site is open all year round with artificial ice falls created over the cliffs over the freezing winter months for Technical Ice Climbing.
A complete guidebook (including hand drawn reproductions, contributed by a local artist) is generally available at the hut on weekends. It has maps for access to the cliffs, and drawings of all the cliffs with routes marked on them. The current official guidebook is fully bilingual.
Map your way to: 950 Rte de la Montagne D'Argent, La Conception, Québec.
Google maps link(may have to cut & past link, rather than click through): http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=950+Rue+de+la+Montagne+d'Argent,+la+conception,+Quebec&hl=en&ie=UTF8&sll=46.123493,-74.677484&sspn=0.010009,0.022724&z=16
Hike up the obvious small road to the hut (a minute or so), then after registering, hike to the various cliffs from there.
Where to stay
Camping is available at the park for a fee ($8/night as of 2014) -- or it is free with annual pass.
There is no drinking water available, so make sure to bring enough water for your stay.
The complete history is available in the official guidebook, available at La Montagne d'Argent or in stores like MEC, La Cordée... etc.
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