The classic WI5 test-piece of Northern Ontario.

A 50-metre, steep, yellow, wall of ice. Close to Highway 11, Reflection Wall is one of the most classic ice climbs in the Thunder Bay area, located north of Nipigon, in Orient Bay. It appears over hanging, but from beneath, it is well featured with three-dimensional climbing. It was first climbed in 1985 by M. Dahlberg and L. Saroka.

The rock under the ice is black and the climb faces east, so on hot spring days the climb has reportedly collapsed in its entirety. Reflection Wall is Ontario’s Carlsberg Column, a famous pitch in Field, BC.

Mixed pitches have been added to the rock on both sides, but the real gem is the ice as a whole. Orient Bay has dozens of aesthetic and enjoyable ice climbs. For conditions visit the Alpine Club of Canada Thunder Bay Section.

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Photo Kris Gorny