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Cascade Falls 

WI3-4

   
Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 130'
Consensus: WI3-4 [details]
FA: S. Parent, P. Dedi, 1981
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: Bill Rusk on Jan 30, 2008

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Cascade Falls in prime condition. January 2008.

Description 

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

Location 

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.

Protection 

Ice screws


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View of Cascade Falls (WI3-4) from the left side base. January 2007.
BETA PHOTO: View of Cascade Falls (WI3-4) from the left side b...
Nearing the top....
Nearing the top....
A stunning winter setting at Cascade Falls.
A stunning winter setting at Cascade Falls.
Beginning the lead of the right hand side - grade IV conditions....
Beginning the lead of the right hand side - grade ...
John Hample enjoying a rest at the base of Cascade Falls. January 2007.
John Hample enjoying a rest at the base of Cascade...
Gerry working the (likely) grade 5 middle section that came in real steep this year.
Gerry working the (likely) grade 5 middle section ...
Nice view of the right, steeper side of Cascade Falls. January 2007.
BETA PHOTO: Nice view of the right, steeper side of Cascade Fa...
Cascade Falls in decidedly grade 4 conditions...
Cascade Falls in decidedly grade 4 conditions...
TRs for the whole family. January 2008.
TRs for the whole family. January 2008.
Smack dab in the heart of the beast. Working in a screw....
Smack dab in the heart of the beast. Working in a ...
The parking area for Cascade Falls.  The falls are a popular tourist attraction during the summer.
BETA PHOTO: The parking area for Cascade Falls. The falls are...
Getting ready to top out....
Getting ready to top out....
Carter Stritch climbing towards the belay
Carter Stritch climbing towards the belay
Rick Love leading up Cascade on a cold blue-bird day.
Rick Love leading up Cascade on a cold blue-bird d...

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By Colin R
From: Ottawa, ON
Feb 25, 2014
rating: WI3-4

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.....