Big Crack

Big Crack is one of the more established and used crags in Yellowknife. There is one wall with crack and face climbing. The wall has bolted anchor stations for top rope (7 anchor stations) and there are 7 bolted sport climbing routes. By mid-May most of the routes should be dry enough to climb. Make sure you bring your helmet, bug spray, and extra long slings. Some of the run outs for the top anchors are a bit far. The surrounding area shows potential for further exploration for both top roping and bouldering. The range of difficulty is 5.6 Р5.11a

Directions by car: Take the Ingraham Trail north from Yellowknife. Turn right to Detah and drive 7.1 km. There is a pull out spot to park along the right side of the highway. IMG_2526From there continue to walk along the road towards Detah. You should see a small sign in the woods about 40 metres from the road that says “Big Crack”. The route is flagged with neon pink/green tape and cairns. Cross the muskeg and trend eastward along the rocky hill towards the lake. It is about 900 metres. You have cell reception all along the trail.

Directions by boat: Cross from the northern tip of Mosher Island (or directly across from the water treatment plant). There is a small sand and pebble beach to land at. Be cautious coming in if you have an outboard motor.



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A. Jer’s Jugs (5.6)
B. Butter Bolt (5.8)
C. Not To Be Shared (5.9)
D. Where is Eli? (5.8)
E. Canadian Shield (5.11b)
F. Big Crack (5.7)
G. Green Flagging (5.10b)
H. DC-TREE (5.11a)

Video of Big Crack