Danny O’Farrell and Steve Janes have established a new long ice route in Bridge River, B.C., which is surely one of the best looking new ice routes so far in 2019.

“The unclimbed Splashdown Park up the Bridge River between Unleashed and Gift is no longer unclimbed,” said O’Farrell. “The route is now called Demon Falls WI5+ 120m, but the direct start was unconsolidated with poor ice. We took the far left-hand line on rock and ice through hanging daggers with marginal gear for 40 metres with no rock gear.”

O’Farrell has been one of Bridge River’s leading new routers over the past few years and recently organized the Lillooet Ice Festival. “After weaving through rock and ice on the first pitch, the second pitch takes a long rising rightward traverse for 40 metres linking into the main falls,” said O’Farrell. “The final pitch is steeper than it looks and climbs to the top of the main falls. Rappel off trees to climbers left of top out and v-threads.”

Steve Janes on the first ascent of Demon Falls Photo Danny O’Farrell
Steve Janes on the first ascent of Demon Falls Photo Danny O’Farrell
Project description in Don Serl’s ice book
Danny O’Farrell and Steve Janes
Steve Janes on the first ascent of Demon Falls Photo Danny O’Farrell
Demon Falls view Photo Danny O’Farrell
Early Attempt by Don Serl and Lyle Knight taking the direct start.

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