Lotus Flower Tower
(oil on plywood painting)
© 1992 by Gregory W. Frux

Guide to The

Cirque of the Unclimbables

by George Bell

Version 15: February, 2013


Bustle Tower
© 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 the book 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 searching the American Alpine Journal.

What's New?

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: http://home.comcast.net/~gibell/cirque/

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.

WARNING! 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!

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Please send comments, additions, errors to:

George Bell (gibell@comcast.net).

Last Update: 2/2/2013

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