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 constant water supply it can be very wet, even in cold temperatures. The climb has of three steep pitches, all WI4, and a more moderate WI3 ramble before the walk to the last pitch. It finishes with a final crux WI4 pitch up a beautiful tier, often climbed on the drier left side.
The climb is close to Banff, you park at Bow Falls and bike or walk a few kilometres along the Bow River, an easy approach. The stepped pitches allow many parties can climb the route at the same time.
For more information on the route, pick up the latest ice climbing guidebook Icelines.
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The route has avalanche hazard, so check the conditions from the Canadian Avalanche Association before you go.