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Parallax 

WI5

   
Type:  Ice, 120'
Consensus: WI5 [details]
FA: Dave Rone and Burt Lindquist. 1987.
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Submitted By: Kris Gorny on Mar 18, 2009

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Orient Bay, Ontario. Henning Boldt nearing the top...

Description 

Spectacular and intimidating ice pillar. Steep and sustained climbing.

Location 

First route at Orient Bay as you drive in from Nipigon on Highway 11. The pillar is clearly visible from the road and the approach is surprisingly unpainful. Park near the clearing on the right that leads to power lines (see beta photo below). Walk under the lines towards the woods and identify the flagging tape trail near the "underground cable" sign.

Protection 

Ice screws. A bolted drytooling Parsec (M7) is just to the left of Parallax. If the pillar looks like it might collapse, it could be a good idea to clip the bolts instead of placing screws, although in this case it would probably be better to postpone climbing for more solid conditions. There is a pair of rap anchors on top of the pillar but the route could continue for another pitch on what looked like WI3.


Photos of Parallax Slideshow Add Photo
Dave Rone leading a difficult and fragile "Parallax" Dec 2012.
Dave Rone leading a difficult and fragile "Pa...
Parallax approach trailhead as seen from Highway 11.
BETA PHOTO: Parallax approach trailhead as seen from Highway 1...
Orient Bay, Ontario. Henning Boldt on Parallax. Note the horizontal fracture on top. Still not sure about our decision to climb the route. 15 March  '09.
Orient Bay, Ontario. Henning Boldt on Parallax. No...
Orient Bay, Ontario. Parallax as of 15 March '09. Photo by Kate Muehling.
Orient Bay, Ontario. Parallax as of 15 March '09. ...
Since Parsec doesn't have its own page yet, I figured I'd post this here.
Since Parsec doesn't have its own page yet, I figu...
Parallax from the approach trail. 15 March '09.
Parallax from the approach trail. 15 March '09.

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