Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Yoho Valley Ice with Eric

The Pillars as viewed from Field of Dreams. Eric is just visible at the base.

Had a great day on Friday climbing some ice with Eric from Calgary. We headed into one of the most underappreciated ice zones in the Rockies, the Yoho Valley Road leading to Takkakaw Falls. The closest routes are only an hour of easy walking (or skiing), are visible from the Transcanada, and are really good!

After the approach, we started with a nice WI4 route called The Pillars or Ogden 7. Due to wettness, we took one of the harder lines on it and were rewarded with a good pump & some steep climbing. After rapelling off, we headed up a route just to the right called Field Of Dreams (WI5) which was in very difficult shape but provided some interesting climbing. We still had some daylight left so we walked a bit further up the road and climbed one of the many unnamed routes in the area. Eric led the first pitch of nice WI3, and we finished up a short steeper bit to the top.

Eric on Field of Dreams.

Overall it was a great day of climbing and we had all the routes to ourselves!

J. Mills

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