The Finger and Cockscomb Mountain

Canada | Banff | Banff Rock


To the west of Mount Cory are two major summits. The first is an unnamed peak (2755 m) with a prominent rock spire called The Finger on its SW side, and the second is Cockscomb Mountain (2776 m) with Bumper’s Buttress, a significant rock climbing area, in one of its lower canyons. 

The two areas are grouped together for convenience although they are quite different in character. Farther west, Mount Ishbel (2849 m) has an interesting SW face but no climbs have been completed to date although there have been at least two exploratory attempts. 

It is worth noting that there is evidence of two major rock falls on this face which are comparatively recent. 

As in the case of Mount Cory, access to The Finger and Bumper’s Buttress is from the section of the Bow Valley Parkway subject to voluntary closure from March 1st to June 25th between the hours of 6.00 pm and 9.00 am. The rationale for this is explained on the Parks Canada website, currently at

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