First Ascent at Lion's Head

Photos by Glen Harris.

Ontario’s most challenging rock climbing is on the Georgian Bay shoreline of the Bruce Peninsula, chock-full of heavily cryptic dolerite limestone.

Leslie Timms sending Stratus Fear.
Leslie Timms on Stratus Fear.

Pro climber and certified guide extraordinaire Leslie Timms recently climbed a new pitch near Lion’s Head. Here’s her report: “Dave Ziewlenewski and I recently put up the first 30m pitch, Stratus Fear 5.12d, pure trad. We just finished bolting/cleaning/scoping out a bolted extension that will take this epic line to the top via some interesting tactics. Just did the first lead attempts on it this week, linked the upper crux moves, took some of the massive falls I feared/fantasized about. Moves are all ready, now time to piece it together. Hoping Mother Nature is nice to me on my couple days off from work each week!”


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Timms is sponsored by Sterling Rope, La Sportiva, Sanuk, Blurr and Joshua Tree Products.

Check out the article in the new Mountain Life Annual about Sonnie Trotter‘s heyday climbing at Lion’s Head. Print edition available at MEC stores and at Chapters/Indigo. Tablet/Smartphone edition available here.