North American Classic Climbs

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Lotus Flower Tower

Southeast Face One of the top 25 routes in this collection!

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One of the finest pure rock climbs in the world on an amazing tower in Canada's remote NW Territories. The Southeast Face (or "Great Line") is the most popular route in the interestingly named "Cirque of the Unclimbables." There are enough other excellent climbs in the Cirque to make a trip there worthwhile, even if conditions or crowds don't allow you on the Lotus Flower Tower. However, getting there can be a challenge - either a very expensive Helicopter ride, or the "approach from Hell."


Alpine Rock




NW Territories, Canada



G20, I1, W20, W26


V, 5.10


Route Descriptions & Maps:

Route diagram

First Ascent:

J. McCarthy, S. Bill, T. Frost, August 10-13, 1968


Trip Reports:

Frux, 7/92