Lotus Flower Tower
(oil on plywood painting)
© 1992 by Gregory W. Frux
Guide to The
Version 15: February, 2013
© 1988 by George Bell
Where is this place?
Zoom in from the Canadian locator map!
- "The Cirque of the Unclimbables" is the name given
to a small cluster
of peaks and walls in remote northern Canada, near the border of the Yukon and
Northwest Territories. The Lotus Flower Tower, publicized in
Fifty Classic Climbs of North America is perhaps the most
well known climb there. It is also home to the awesome
Mt. Proboscis, an amazing hunk of granite with easiest
free route a fifteen pitch 5.12a!
- In the past 20 years, Baffin Island has surpassed the Cirque of the
Unclimbables as a Canadian big wall destination. And for good reason -
the Cirque is much smaller in area and by comparison is "climbed out".
The Vampire Spires are another climbing area 15 miles northwest
of the Cirque of the Unclimbables.
The Vampire Spires are not covered by this web guide, try
American Alpine Journal.
2/2/13: Major update completed! Added: 4 routes, 3 topos, 2 trip reports, 5 route photos,
and a new logistics guide by Mark Smiley.
Best URL for this web site:
Contents of this guide:
How accurate or dated is this information?
- I have been updating this guide once a year.
This guide will always be incomplete, because many climbers to this area
do not report their ascents.
I have made an effort to include all recorded climbs through 2011.
Rock climbing is, by its very nature, a potentially hazardous activity.
Prior and competent knowledge in the use of various rock climbing safety devices
is assumed. While an attempt has been made to insure that the information
provided here is accurate, it is never a substitute for your better judgement.
By use of the provided information, the reader hereby releases the authors and
providers of said information from liability for any injury, including death,
that might result. You have been warned!
Thanks to ...
Greg Opland for helping me convert
many of these topos and maps to electronic format.
for assisting in assembling the unabridged guide.
for his contribution on the photos page.
for assembling the 1997 info.
for ongoing conservation efforts as founder of the
Cirque 2000 Project.
for use of his photos on this site.
for an updated logistics guide.
Please send comments, additions, errors to:
Last Update: 2/2/2013
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