Cirque of the Unclimbables

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One of the most incredible climbing meccas on earth is also one of the most unreachable, unknown, and aptly named Unclimbable; the Cirque of the Unclimbables. Home to the Lotus Flower, one of the peaks featured in the famous book Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, “a must for every serious climber.”

In 1955, the legendary mountaineer Arnold Wexler came across this spectacular series of remote cliffs in the Logan Mountains, now part of Nahanni National Park Reserve. Frustrated by their sheer granite walls, he named the jagged monsters the Cirque of the Unclimbables. The name stuck and the range remains so remote that when we talked to any climbers that know of it, their jaws drop and the first question is “how are you getting there?”

Why, hiking of course.

And so, with gaping mouths, every reaction is the same. They wish us luck and describe to us the 12 miles of impassable terrain that we will have to conquer just to get to the base of this range.

While we are literally walking in, Eva Holland recently wrote about a plane trip there in her article, Unclimbable. Check it out for some epic photos!

Photography used with Creative Commons License; Tom Frost


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