Canada-based Stas Beskin has made bold ascents of three very narrow pillars at Cap-à-l’Aigle in Quebec.
He more/less soloed the above-the-ocean climbs after they had been top-roped by another climber.
As any seasoned ice climber knows, you never put an ice screw in a pillar. Because if you do and the pillar collapses, you increase the chance of being seriously injured.
Beskin, originally from Macedonia, has had a stellar year on steep ice and mixed and is arguably one of the top winter climbers in Canada at the moment.
This year he made the first ascent of the Dreaming of the West M10 in Ontario, Young Lust M9 WI5 in Ontario, the new 180-metre Route des Baleines M7 WI6+ with Daniel Martian in Quebec and The Only Whale on Mars M9 WI5+ in Quebec.
Below is a photo of him on one of his recent climbs in Quebec.
He visited the Canadian Rockies earlier this season to attempt the fully-formed but never climbed Real Big Drip pillar. As he was getting ready to climb it, the pillar collapsed.
Late last season, he made the second ascent of Metamorphosis M10 trad in Ontario.
And before that, he climbed Rocket Man M7+ WI5+ 300m in the Canadian Rockies with Daniel Martian.
Watch his bold solo below.