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Throwback to Pumpkin Prank on Terminator Ice Route

In 1996, two climbers from the Bow Valley hung a massive pumpkin banner on the famous ice route called Terminator in Banff National Park.

Back 22 years ago, Tom Wolfe and the late David Thomson were two of the area’s young and keen climbers who sought out steep ice routes such as Terminator, the main route on the Trophy Wall along with Replicant and Sea of Vapours.

Thomson passed away over a decade ago and Wolfe is currently a mountain guide in the Canadian Rockies.

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The Banff Crag and Canyon newspaper, which is still in circulation today, posted a photo of the banner.

It read, “Pumpkin Prank: If you’re looking up, way up on the north face of Mt. Rundle and see a large orange dot high on one of the frozen waterfalls, your eyes are not deceiving you.

“On Thursday (Oct. 31) a couple of pranksters placed a massive, orange pumpkin banner on the final pitch of The Terminator – the waterfall on the left.”

The pumpkin was an orange tarp cut into the shape of jackolantern that was hammered into the ice with four-inch wood screws.

Pumpkin prank in newspaper Photo Tom Wolfe