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Reflection Wall is a Classic Ontario Ice Climb

For decades, climbers have travelled from far away to try this amazing wall of dead vertical ice

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Reflection Wall is one of the most classic WI5 ice climbs in all of Ontario. It forms as a vertical yellow ice wall down a wall of black basalt. The views are amazing and the funky three-dimensional climbing can’t be beat.

It’s located north of Nipigon in Orient Bay above highway 11. This corridor of cliffs has over 30 amazing ice climbs that people come for from all around. Reflection Wall was first climbed in 1985 by M. Dahlberg and L. Saroka.

Due to its aspect and other factors, the climb has been known to collapse in it entirety on hot spring days. For those familiar with climbing in the Rockies, Reflection Wall is similar to Carlsberg Column WI5 in Field, B.C. Mixed pitches have been added to the rock on both sides.

On March 4 is the Nipigon Ice Festival, one of Canada’s longest running climbing events. Ice climbers can enjoy steep routes in Orient Bay and Kama Bay, plus presentation and clinics. For more info visit here.

Orient Bay Ice Climbing