Sunday, February 21, 2010
For most of us ice climbers, the Canadian Rockies is an ice mecca! For those who have not visited, there are some many amazing climbs waiting for you to experience. Sadly, the most recent ice climbing guide has gone out of print, yes, supposodley there is a new one on the way, but from past experiences this could be a while. Here is a link, for those without access to the guidebook, looking to plan a trip to climb some ice in these parts. It outlines many of the classy routes and some other great information collected on a web page from the 1999 Ice Climbing Guide. All the pages are easily printable and covers most areas worth visiting. I hope this helps, ENJOY!
Link: Waterfall Ice Climbs Page
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Track: Strike Anywhere - InfaRed
Track: Strike Anywhere - S.S.T
The Prince George area in northern B.C is a little off the map for most of us, but for those who might venture that way here are a couple of guidebooks/topos to get you out climbing.
As far as the ice climbing is concerned, for people with a sled and a keen sense of adventure, there are limitless possibilities, along with the ACC guide included here that should keep you occupied for a while.
Have fun and enjoy this wonderful area!
Link: Giscome Boulders
Friday, February 12, 2010
Link to Video: Vimeo Ice Video
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Index is a very popular climbing destination just north east of the big city of Seattle. The walls here have been getting climbed for many years but locals have done a very good job on keeping it a secret. Granite cliffs towering above the little town of Index (pop. 160) have brought climbers from all over to test their mettle against the gnarly big walls full of amazing climbs for many years. Index is just off the Steven Pass Highway 55 miles northeast of Seattle and it hosts great camping, lots of routes and a wonderful atmosphere. This area has a very similar climate to Squamish with the moss filled forests and lots of rain with the driest times coming during the summer months. Leavenworth is just a little drive away and hosts a much drier climate if you get rained out. Bouldering, awesome cracks and vertical faces await, and with this link to a very good guidebook page, you should have enough beta to get out and enjoy this great place. If you need more "Sky Valley Rock" by Darryl Cramer is a more recent full length guidebook. ENJOY!
Monday, February 1, 2010
Here is a awesome installment of some Quebec ice climbing topos. The climbing here is amazing, along with hundreds of classic routes, Quebec is also home to one of the biggest ice/mixed festivals in the world called 'Festiglace', just north of Quebec City. With dependable winters, lots of ice and tons of motivated climbers Quebec is a ice climbing destination worth a visit. These topos should be enough to get you started, they cover a little from all over the province and a number of classics! For all those that dont know any french, I apologize, because these are all in French.....
Link: Quebec City Area Ice Link: Maurice Ice
Link: Charlevoix Ice
Link: Nipissis River Ice Link: Gaspe Ice
Link: Chaudiere-Appalachain Ice
Link: Cote Nord Ice Link: Bas Saint Laurent Ice
Along with the topos provided here there are some great websites that offer lots of beta, photos and current conditions, just to name a few: