Shannon Falls, WI2+, 400 m, is the Cascade Falls of the West Coast.
The popular tourist stop, Shannon Falls, can sporadically freeze during coastal cold snaps and when it does, ice climbers are poised to ascent it. It is a long, prominent, easier-than-it-looks ice climb. Less than an hour drive from Vancouver, climbers have been swinging tools at it since New Year’s Eve 1978. Two parties, John Knight and Malcolm Macfadyen, along with Don Serl and John Wittmayer climbed it together. An ascent was claimed in 1976, but the late Jon Chilton, to whom the report was made, and Serl, who saw the falls twice that day and has photos showing the lack of ice, were skeptical. Serl and others admitted that an ascent was possible in 1976, however unlikely, because the falls is quite easy to climb.
A number of lines have been climbed in the area, depending on ice coverage. Steeper lines can form to the left and right during a cold season.
Leigh McClurg Photography captured these images of climbers on the falls in early Feb. 2014. For more stunning photos visit leigh.pebbleshoo.com
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