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This truly is one sweet ice climb. Goes 3+ 4 depending on the pitch you choose. We chose the steeper pitch for the first part and the 3+ pitch as it was a safer belay option AND out of the overhead cornice which was threatening. After an overnight at Mosquito Creek Hostel and a 7am start the approach across Bow Lake was non eventful due to an overnight freeze and a supportive base. A few creek crossings and we entered the large cirque. We were climbing by 8:30am. We topped out at 10am, time for a snack and three rappels later (1 off a v-thread and 2 off stations and we were back walking back still on supportive snow.

As a bonus the wind was totally calm as I was on this climb only two days earlier and we had to turn around after the first pitch due to very strong winds and spindrift.

IF you ice climb, get at this one! The ice will be there I'm sure for another 6 weeks as it was absolutely solid.....the lake on the other hand I'm not so sure.
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Nice!!

I was interested in trying ice climbing.. for about 20 minutes. Right up until watching a U tube video where the guy slams his pick into an overhang and the whole face collapses under him.. 8-0

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Nice!!

I was interested in trying ice climbing.. for about 20 minutes. Right up until watching a U tube video where the guy slams his pick into an overhang and the whole face collapses under him.. 8-0
Yes I've seen that one. It's dramatic and thus its popularity, however, it's like anything else one does in the mountains. Hikers. scramblers, climbers, skiers can all find a way to get in trouble; mitigating the risk is what it's all about. Years ago I didn't think ice climbing was for me either dougz.......boy was I ever wrong.
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