A 50m granite face of excellent quality located in the heart of Bancroft

Access issues inherited from Eagle's Nest

Some sections of the cliff are on private property.


Located approx. 2 km north of the town center along Hwy 62, park behind the plaza across from Tim Horton's


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This cliff has been re-discovered many times since the 1960's. Currently there is a new wave of route development, with numerous possibilities.


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Starts just right of the large, black chimney known as the Dirty Harry ice climb were there is a ledge 3m up. P1 (20m, 10b/c) Climb the face to a bolt, continue on the left leaning crack that cuts the side of the dirty harry gully (mid way up) to a ledge with anchors shared with Rob's Route. P2 (15m, 5.8) Climb the face past a bolt and one piton near the top. Finish at the bolt anchors by a large pine tree.

FA: Rob Chisnall, 1992

Start as per Dave's Route. Follow the left leaning crack to a finger crack that splits through the bulge, directly up to the ledge and anchor. One of the finest finger cracks of it's grade in the area.

Start just to the right of Dave's Route. Climb up a flaring finger crack that heads straight up then trends to the right side of a large bulge, to a ledge with an anchor shared by Dave's Route.

FA: Rob Chisnall, 1988

Start 10m right of Rob's Route. Climb the slab past 2 small cam placements to a line of bolts. Go right at the last bolt to a pin in the corner and then back left to a 1" crack which leads to a bolt anchor above the leaning cedar.

FA: Kieran Andrews, 2000

1 5.7
2 5.8

Start 4m right of Dude, I Think She is the King. P1 (20m, 5,7) Climb the obvious weakness on gear trending left past shrubs to a corner with a pin in it. Climb above the leaning cedar to a bolted belay. P2 (20m, 5.8) Continue up, past a pin and bolt, following a nice hand crack through a small bulge, past another bolt and fist crack to a bolted belay.

FA: G. Smith, R. Smith & Rob Chisnall, 1984

Start as for Balk and Chalk but climb straight up on big holds through a well protected right facing crack onto easier slab above. Head straight up to FIXE rings at the anchor. Gear to 4"

FA: Rob Chisnall & E. Tsai, 2009

Start 3m right of Unknown 1. Climb easy ground up to the first bolt, following the bolts through progressively harder slab climbing. Finish up at a large tree on the right, or continue up on gear. May want some small pieces to protect the slab, or prepare for runout sport.

FA: Kieran Andrews & Joe Perras, 2000

Start 7m right of The Agony of De-feet. P1: Climb up a short slab past 2 bolts to a large dirty ledge. Continue past 2 more bolts moving right, then follow the right leaning hand/fingers crack to an anchor (or continue up left for 7m to link up with the anchor for Father's Day Slab) (5.5, 25m). P2: Continue straight up past 2 bolts, then pick your line leading up through the right side of the roof to anchors. (5.5-5.8, 25m)

FA: Kieran Andrews & Dee Hutchison, 2000

Same start as for Lichen It. P1: At the large dirty ledge move left past a bolt into a treed gully to gain a slab. Climb the right line of bolts up to anchors. (25m) P2: Continue up past bolts to the left side of the roof to a large ledge sharing the anchor for Lichen It.

FA: Kieran Andrews & Joe Perras

From the treed gully climb the bolt line left of Father's Day Slab to anchors.

Scramble up a gully with a fixed line 5m right of Lichen It to a ledge. Climb up past 2 bolts, plugging excellent gear along the way, to the anchors for P1 of Lichen It.

Climb a short, slightly overhanging left facing corner, up the face to the right side of a large flake under a roof. With style traverse the flake left using underclings to a handcrack in the roof. Climb through the roof and up to a large tree with slings on it. Gear to 3". Rappel off.

Start up the cracked arete just right of Johnny Be Good to gain the runout bolt line. Some psychological gear may be found to supplement the bolts. Belay at a tree with slings on it.

FA: 2000

5m left of Perspective. Follow the bolted line up a steep thin slab to rappel anchors.

FA: Kieran Andrews

1 5.6
2 5.5

The prominent hand crack up the buttress. Gear to 4". P1: Follow the right of two crack systems (the offwidth) up and through a blocky overhang (crux), continuing up to a small ledge and anchor (5.6, 25m); P2: Either climb straight up from the belay (harder) or traverse right around a large block and up a hand crack to a large ledge with Metolius rap hangers (5.5, 15m). Rappel.

This was the first sport climb at Eagle's Nest and was hand drilled while the first ascensionist's father belayed patiently over 2 days (bolts took 30 min. each!) Start 3m right of Perspective at an aspen tree. Climb the bolted S-shaped line up the sustained wall to the Metolius rap hangers for the first pitch of Perspective.

Set by Shaun King, 1998

FFA: Shaun King, 1998

FA: Shaun King, 1998

Start 3m right of Father and Son. Either climb the crack direct on gear or scramble up right to a ledge to reach the 1st bolt. Continue up the wide crack to the 4th bolt (can supplement with gear in the 2 - 4" range) where the route forks. Either traverse left from here (5.9) or climb up to a 5th bolt, then traverse left (5.10a) to rejoin Father and Son and the Metolius rap hangers of Perspective.

Start 3m right of Unknown 7, up a rock step and around the corner. Climb the right leaning dihedral to a bulge with a finger crack through it, around a small roof to anchors.

Located between Dragon and Stairway, mid way up the face starting from a large ledge is a steep bolted line with a fixed rope located near it. Project?

Located 10m right of Spine of the Dragon. P1: Start in a corner facing left and climb the steep flaring groove to a ledge with a tree. Climb up a groove and traverse right across a cracked slab to a second tree and anchor. Often wet. (5.8, 15m); P2: Climb the offwidth crack and continue up the large easier flake to an anchor (5.8, 35m). Rappel. Bring doubles of large gear to 6".

One of the finest finger cracks in Ontario. P1: Climb the first pitch of Stairway (5.8, 15m); P2: Traverse left and climb up and left along a diagonal crack until you are at the roof below the headwall crack. Layback and stem strenuously over the roof and climb the finger crack to an anchor (5.11b, 20m). Double rope rappel or climb up to the top (5.4, 15m)

FFA: Peter Reilly, 1986

FA: David Smart, 1986

Just right of Stairway to Heaven. Climb up and left to a bolt, then up past another bolt to a large ledge with anchors

Start 5m right of Unknown 9 at the chimney-like corner. P1: Climb up past a piton and bolt to a large ledge, past the anchor for Unknown 9, up face to another ledge with large tree and anchor for Stairway (5.8, 15m); P2: Climb up the thin crack to a small roof, through the finger crack in the roof and into larger crack leading to the top of Stairway (5.8, 35m). Rappel.

Starting from a ledge 3m up just right of Plumber's Crack is a bolted face leading to an anchor.

Climb an easy orange slab past 2 bolts, then launch up the overhanging roofs and finish on a thin face to a bolt anchor with quick links. Beware of the loose x'd out block right of the 6th bolt (it could not be pried out).

Set by Matthew Sapiecha, 2014

FFA: Peter Hoang, May 2015

Bolts out right of Van Gogh.

This route is located at the south end of the crag. Start in an offwidth and fight your way up an awkward hanging chimney and dihedral facing left. Exit up large detached flakes and a short headwall.

Right of Santa Claus. A very dirty rock route, named for the poison ivy on the route.

FA: Norbert Kartner & Al Melkic, 1975

Right of Ivy League. Take a gully in an open book past an overhanging lip to a ledge. Climb the rock gully past a large pine tree to the right.

FA: Norbert Kartner & Al Melkic, 1975


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