Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Intro Ice Course - Bearspirit & King Creek

Climbing the Scottish Gully at King Creek.

Just finished up the final Intro Ice Course of the season with three really fun guests from Fox Creek & Canmore. Despite the fact that it is starting to feel like summer, the ice conditions are remaining excellent at a number of areas and we had no problems finding lots of ice to climb!

On Saturday we headed out to Bearspirit near Banff. We started out by doing a few laps on the easier ice on the right, but then quickly progressed to the main steeper pillars. The ice on these was the fattest I have ever seen it. There were a number of other climbers at the crag but everyone was friendly and we all shared the space with no problems.

Sunday we went into King Creek for another full day of climbing. We climbed just about every possible line in the canyon and also spent some time learning about ice screws, v-threads, and other ice anchors.

A big thanks to everyone who has come out ice climbing this season, it's been a great winter!

J. Mills

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