Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Spring Climbing "Triathalon" with Brad J.

Brad made his way down from Edmonton last week for the second time this winter. On the last trip we did a number of fun ice climbs, and this trip we decided to switch things up a bit and have a spring climbing triathalon.

Day 1 - Rock Climbing
Up to the sunny cliffs of Yamnuska where we climbed the mega-classic Forbidden Corner. The climb is graded 5.8+ but in typical Yam fashion it feels alot harder than the grade. The climb was excellent and sustained throughout and Brad was challenged to the max but did an excellent job, especially since it was his third day ever of rock climbing!

Brad J. on Forbidden Corner.

Day 2 - Ice Climbing
We left the rock shoes at home and strapped on the boots and assorted spiky objects for an ascent of Louise Falls (WI 4+). The ice was getting really soft but is still holding together and wasn't too wet. The climb was alot of fun, and once again the day was warm and sunny!

Topping out on pitch 2 of Louise Falls.

Day 3 - Alpine Climbing
We finished off our spring triathalon with an ascent of the knife-edged ridge on Mount Lorette (II 5.4) out in Kananaskis. The ridge has lots of good climbing and incredible exposure. There are long stretches of exciting climbing with thousand foot drops on either side, yet the climbing is never too hard. One of the best ridges of it's kind for sure!

Finishing one of the narrow ridge sections on Mount Lorette.

J. Mills
CRAG Owner & Head Guide

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