The Narrows

Kenora Area MapThis cliff is located 50km north of the Trans-Canada on PR#671 (about 25km north of Jones Cliff). The cliff is on the west (left) side of the gravel road, up a trail.

There’s not much in the way of camping spots nearby, though one can camp across the road from the cliff, down a trail that leads to the lake (buggy and swampy). A better choice is Keys Lake, 5km south of the Narrows on the west side of the road (beautiful sandy beach and great swimming area, but often crowded on weekends).

All routes are described from left to right (south to north). There is an exit route at the extreme south end. No bolts have been placed here. All routes are trad or TR. There is no exit route between High and Quesier. Many use Ghoul Chimney as an exit route (only a few unprotected moves of chimneying).

The Flying Rat’s Ass 5.10b, 12m **

Climb the prominent left facing overhanging inside corner at the left end of the cliff (good pro).
Mike Baxter, Sue Baker – XX?

High as the Moon 5.11a, 14m ***

An exceptional “must-try” climb, up the slightly overhanging hand crack several meters left of the two black water streaks (great pro).
Mike Baxter – XX?

Queasier Than It Looks 5.10a/b, 11m *

If you like off-widths, look no further! If the name doesn’t scare you off, scramble up onto a large block to start (take big pro, e.g. #4 and #5 cams).
Mike Baxter – XX?

Pinched Nerve 5.10a, 17m **

Start about 14m left of Tabasco Crack in a square-cut notch about 3m wide. Ascend the middle of the notch via crack and face moves to the top, capped by a small blocky roof.
Rob Hester, Peter Aitchison – XX?

Tabasco Crack 5.9+, 12m **

A wide left-trending crack located 6m left of Raspberry Ledge. Either gain the ledge and traverse to the left end or try the bouldery unprotected start (5.10+ moves) from the ground (the direct start is very flakey / unsafe).
Mike Baxter, Dave Harrison – XX?

Red’s Rickard 5.9+, 11m

This right-arcing finger crack starts on Raspberry Ledge, located in the middle of the main wall. The route traverses right beside a very large block (tricky start, protect second well) and ends on a flat ledge with a tree.
Kenton Frith – XX?

Ghoul Chimney 5.6, R 11m

Ease yourself into the chimney on the right end of Raspberry Ledge, behind a large flake. Offwidth and chimney your way up (note that protection is near non-existent).
Mike Baxter, Kenton Frith, Dave Harrison, Sue Baker et al – XX?

Baked Not Fried 5.8, 12m **

An excellent route starting about 3-4m left of Get Crackin. Double parallel cracks on the top half of the climb are easy to spot from the ground and ends on a flat ledge with a tree. A tricky lieback starts on a left-facing ramp leading up to some nice crack climbing above.
Dave Harrison – XX?

Get Crystal Grabbin 5.6 TR

This route starts 1.5 to 2m left of Get Crackin. It follows small edges up the slab almost in parallel to the large Get Crackin crack. The route ends on a ledge about 8m up that runs between Baked Not Fried and Get Crackin. Top rope only (no pro on the slab).

Get Crackin 5.6, 12m **

This great route starts where the trail meets the cliff. Ascend a left-facing inside corner and ledge, then gain a troublesome overhang (crux) which leads to a fat fist crack to the top. This route ends in a large gully/chimney.
Doug Orr – XX?

Get Crackin Hard 5.10b, 4m

A short but hard crack, starting from the gully/chimney at the top of Get Crackin.
Rob Hester, Peter Aitchison – 1994 July

No Pins No Sins C2, 14m

A clean aid route up the inside corner about 4m right of Get Crackin, with a large fist and hand crack (slightly overhanging) to finish.
Mike Baxter, Dave Harrison – 1994 Winter

Venom in Your Veins 5.11a. 9m ***

Start about 2m left of the inside corner at Goof Proof. The crux is the first 5m with very thin and strenuous protection.
Mike Baxter – XX?

Goof Proof 5.4, 8m *

A short, wide inside corner crack at the right end of the cliff. Short but fun.
Mike Baxter, Sue Baker – XX?

Notes:

  • Distances from road to face, and between climbs should be paced off in meters.
  • Raspberry Ledge needs to be described better, as reference is made several times to it.
  • Dates are missing for these climbs – if more exact times are not known, can we assume that all were climbed in 1994?
  • The exit routes(s) should be described better as well – is there an exit route between High and Queasier?
  • Are any of these routes bolted, or are they all trad?