Thursday, December 16, 2010

Intermediate Ice Course - Step Right Up & Haffner Creek

Got a really fun group of 4 climbers together for last weekends Intermediate Ice Course. Everyone ended up having fairly similar experience levels so it worked out great!
Ice climbing on Step Right Up on Saturday. On Saturday we went into Step Right Up (WI2-3) and climbed all day on every single inch of it. There are a variety of lines to take so it is a great place to work on skills & techniques. By the end of the day, everyone was climbing with style and ready for more challenge on Sunday.
Ice climbing in Haffner Creek.
Sunday we headed into Haffner Creek to climb some steeper ice. There was already a large group in there, but fortunately Haffner has lots to go around and we found a number of fun routes to climb. Some of the climbs had sections of thin ice, so it was a good chance to learn some different techniques as well. We also spent some time practicing skills with ice screws, v-threads, and anchors. It was a full day out and by the time we made it back to Canmore it was dark. Only another week until the days start getting longer again!
Trying some mixed climbing in Haffner Creek.
Thanks to Trent, Justin, Donna, and Luke for a fun weekend!
J. Mills
CRAG Head Guide

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