Saturday, March 13, 2010

Murchison Falls - IV, WI4+

The classic ice climb Murchison Falls.

Eric & Veronique from Calgary joined me last week for another multipitch climb. This is their first season ice climbing but they have been getting out regularly and are learning really fast so we decided to climb the challenging Murchison Falls along the Icefields Parkway.

Eric & Veronique on the belay ledge halfway up.

It was a perfect morning with amazing views of Chephren, Epaluette, the Kauffmans, and Mt. Sarbach. The trail to the base was well packed down and we were soon at the base. After an easy warmup pitch we started up the steeper climbing. We ended up doing the climb in four long pitches of sustained WI4 climbing. We had to take steeper lines in a few spots due to wet ice, and some sections felt more like WI4+ or 5. It was certainly a challenging climb for first year ice climbers but they both did awesome on it!

Nearing the top of the last pitch.

J. Mills

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