||Ice, 1 pitch, 130'
|Consensus: ||WI3-4 [details]|
|FA: ||S. Parent, P. Dedi, 1981|
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|Submitted By: ||Bill Rusk on Jan 30, 2008|
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Cascade Falls in prime condition. January 2008.
This climb is an Orient Bay classic. Enormously fat ice with huge variation in steepness. There are so many variations to choose from, but farthest to the left tends to be more stepy and it gets more difficult and steep the further right you go. This route is perfect height for a 60m toprope and is a great place to bring beginners. You can set up at least 4 different TRs. This climb is also the site of clinics during the annual Nipigon Ice Fest.
References: "Ice Climbs of the Lake Superior Region" by Eric Landmann and Don Hynek, Granite Publishing
Past the Trans-Canada Pipeline Station along Highway 11 going North, drive until you see this formation on your right, you really can't miss it. There is a parking lot with a blue interpretive sign on your right. The lot is not plowed so you might have to park on the road. Watch out for semis. Walk along the highway until you can cut in and follow the access trail.
To get down there are rap bolts at top right of the route (could be iced over), or there is a steep trail on the left side.
Beginning the lead of the right hand side - grade ...
Gerry working the (likely) grade 5 middle section ...
BETA PHOTO: View of Cascade Falls (WI3-4) from the left side b...
A stunning winter setting at Cascade Falls.
John Hample enjoying a rest at the base of Cascade...
BETA PHOTO: Nice view of the right, steeper side of Cascade Fa...
TRs for the whole family. January 2008.
Smack dab in the heart of the beast. Working in a ...
BETA PHOTO: The parking area for Cascade Falls. The falls are...
Getting ready to top out....
Carter Stritch climbing towards the belay
Rick Love leading up Cascade on a cold blue-bird d...
Cascade Falls in decidedly grade 4 conditions...
Early evening view of Cascade. 01/03/14.
By Colin R
From: Ottawa, ON
Feb 25, 2014
Winter 2014 - Ice is quite steep this year on the right hand side. Left hand side is still Grade 3. Right hand side is Grade 4 to Grade 5- depending on the line choosen. An unusual year from what I understand.....