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Dorion Towers

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  • Ascents: 10

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Description

An area of pinnacle and walls near Ouimet Canyon park. Mostly undevelopped.

Access issues inherited from Thunder Bay

Many of the crags on on private land or private land needs to be crossed to access the crag. Please respect the area, it is a privilege to be allowed to climb at these crags.

Leave no trace, respect other parties, and be mindful if you have music or dogs at the crag.

Approach

--getting there-- Head East from Thunder Bay on the Trans Canada. Turn off and head down Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park Road. Turn onto Valley Road and follow this for approximately 1.6 kms'. Just before "Eagle Canyon Adventures" you will see an un-named road winding up a hill to the left. This is the access road. It is quite steep and rocky (low clearance vehicles beware), especially severe after heavy rain. Drive this winding road uphill till you reach an open gate, park here. Begin walking up the road and past another permanently shut gate. You will arrive at a radio tower station, follow the road behind this to a trail marked by inukshuks/rock cairns.

--to the cliff-- follow the rock piles and flagging tape for approximately 1.1 kms. The trail is obvious but has lots of downed trees. You will emerge at the top of the main cliff with a view of "The Canine". Follow the tape to the gully on your right. There is a fixed line to help you descend (note: this is neither static nor dynamic line, be sure to inspect its quality before weighting it). Once down, scramble through scree and look for blue flagging tape that will lead you to the climbs. enjoy!

Routes

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Climb the obvious tower. Solid hand and foot jamming. Some large pieces are handy for protecting the start. Make your way to the first ledge. The cracks thin out and the rock becomes more balanced, use light footwork and refrain from pulling on the smaller blocks. There is a nest of webbing with mallions at the top for rappelling. Be sure to inspect these pieces thoroughly before clipping anything into them.

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Author(s): Gus Alexandropoulos, Justin Dwyer

Date: 2016

ISBN: 9780995046610

A comprehensive guidebook to Southern Ontario’s famous climbing area, the Niagara Escarpment. This is the first complete guide to the region in almost 25 years. This volume covers the portion of the Escarpment north of Shelburne including the Beaver Valley area and the Bruce Peninsula. Includes an extensively researched history of climbing in the area, and detailed information on over 1000 rock-climbing routes.

Author(s): Gus Alexandropoulos, Justin Dwyer

Date: 2016

ISBN: 9780995046603

A comprehensive guidebook to Southern Ontario’s famous climbing area, The Niagara Escarpment. This is the first complete guide to the region in almost 25 years. This volume covers areas close to Toronto, including the popular Milton crags. Includes extensively researched history of climbing in the area, and detailed information on over 1,000 rock climbing routes.

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