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Rockies

Yamabushi

Yamabushi, Yamnuksa, 5.13a, 300 metres In about 1999 Raphael Slawinski and Will Gadd started work on a new line on the last major buttress of Yamnuska without a route on it. It took 11 more trips up on the wall, but in the end they finished off what Gadd considers the best rock
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Sea of Vapors

Sea of Vapors is the must-climb route on Banff’s Trophy Wall. The Trophy Wall needs no introduction. Its position above Banff, history, reputation, and route difficulty and exposure have elevated the wall to world-class status. The wall has a number of ice and mixed routes,
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East End Boys, 5.12

East End Boys, 5.12, is a classic Yamnuska route first climbed in the 80s by Bill Betts and Steve DeMaio. The route climbs 200 metres up an aesthetic crack system. East End Boys from Joshua Lavigne on Vimeo.
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Polar Circus, WI5, 700 m

Polar Circus, on Cirrus Mountain in the Rockies, is one of the most famous ice routes, anywhere. The location, accessibility, length, grade and history have elevated the route to classic status. Polar Circus has 700 metres of elevation gain with 500 metres being waterfall ice.
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Ice Climbs on Cascade Mountain

Only minutes from Banff and close to Canmore, Cascade Mountain has a number of classic ice climbs on its eastern, lower tier of Palliser limestone. The obvious flow is called Cascade Falls, WI3, 300 m. The majority of the route is a low angled ramble up WI2. The final two pitches
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The Snowbird Glacier and its Winter Routes

Mount Patterson, 3,197 m, is part of the Waputik Range in Alberta.  Mount Patterson towers almost 1,500 metres above the Icefields Parkway. Between the bulk of the peak and a high outlier to the northwest, there is a smoothly contoured line of moraine which was left following the
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The Asylum, Kicking Horse Canyon

Aesthetic BC route gets an upgrade. The Asylum was established by Jim Gudjonson and Sean Isaac in February, 2000. It hands in Kicking Horse Canyon, near Golden, BC. The route does not always form. In December, 2013, Jon Simms and Mike Mason equipped the first three pitches with
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The Classic Professor Falls

Professor Falls  WI4, 280 m Professor Falls is a Canadian classic. The name is a pun that comes from Professor Eckhard Grassman, one of the first ascensionists, who took a fall on the route in 1974. This route forms early and usually lasts until March or April. Due to the
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New Rockies Mixed Route

Canadian Rockies – Cougar Creek, 2013 Bryce Brown and Lyle Rotter added a bolted mixed start to the unformed ice of Explodomatic, WI4. Climb ice then pass four bolts to gain the hanging curtain. They named their route, Punani Tsunami and graded it M7ish. For more info see here.
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Canadian Ice, East and West

Winter 2013 Below are images of Fearful Symmetry and Rainbow Serpent in the Rockies, by Rafal Andronowski, and photos of Matt Maddaloni climbing in Piedmont, Quebec, by Alain Denis. QUEBEC ICE            
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