Description One of Canada's premiere winter climbing areas. Many high-quality lines.
Getting There From Duluth take Hwy 61 north across the US border. Continue on 61 into Thunder Bay. From Thunder Bay, take Hwy 11 into Nipigon (motels, food, beer). To get to the climbs from Nipigon, continue on Hwy 11 for about 36 miles until you reach Trans-Canada Pipeline Station on the left. At that point, the prominent Glace Eclatante will be visible ahead. You're there.
References: "Ice Climbs of the Lake Superior Region" by Eric Landmann and Don Hynek, Granite Publishing
Aptly named, as everyone involved was "on the clock" during the Ice Fest when it was put up. This route has a little bit of everything. Steep ice down low, committing trad climbing in the middle, and steep bolt protected M climbing on top. It is broken into two pitches, although you could lead through with a 60m rope... The first pitch is M7 35m. Start out on the Grade 5 ice at the base. Come over the ice bulge and rock step into a steep rock alcove that becomes overhanging as you begin to appro...[more]Browse More Classics in International