Mount Cory
2802m (9193ft.)

Located in the Bow River Valley west of Forty Mile Creek. Sawback Range, Banff Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 12; 05 Longitude 115; 41; 20, Topo map 82O/04
Can be seen from Highway 1

Named in 1923. Cory, William Wallace (William Cory was the Deputy Minister of the Interior from 1905 to 1930.) Official name. Other names Hole in the Wall Mountain

Photo: Looking northeast to Mount Cory from the Trans-Canada Highway
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Other Information
Photo: The "Hole in the Wall" on Mount Cory

The well-known cave referred to as the "Hole in the Wall" on Mount Cory is readily seen from the Trans-Canada Highway. It is thought by some that it is a "solution cave," the cave having been formed by melting water when the glacier that filled the Bow Valley during a major glacial advance. The mountain was referred to as, "Hole in the Wall Mountain" on George Dawson's 1886 map of the Canadian Rockies. The cave is about thirty metres deep.

In her 1948 book, "The Banff-Jasper Highway," Mabel Williams wrote that, "Members of the Calgary and Banff Masonic Lodges once held a meeting in this cave."

Scrambling Routes
An easy/moderate scramble via south ridge. Mount Cory is a straightforward scramble in the Banff area that provides a fine view. From the Trans-Canada Highway two notable features distinguish the peak: A 300 m vertical groove in the southwest face that climbers call "Cory Crack," and a gaping, dark cave to the right of Cory Crack known as "Hole in the Wall." The lower flanks offer several technically difficult rock-climbing routes on firm limestone. Located on the south side of the peak are three parallel treed ribs rising to half-height and separated by drainage gullies. The right-hand rib, identified by light-coloured, shaley cliffs visible from the road and a deep ravine to the right, is a straightforward route up. Try this ascent from mid-June on. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 203

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