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Photos of Ice Climbed in Rockies, Maritime and New Mexico

The Canadian Rockies have a lot of classic ice routes and many have already formed up this year, including Whiteman Falls WI5/6 in Kananaskis Country.

Climbers have gotten on routes in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the East Coast. Down in the states, folks even found ice in New Mexico.

Below are some images of the early season ice that’s forming up.

Warming up the tools for the new season!

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Child’s Play WI5/6 in Thunder Bay. Photo Pat Martel

Check out the gloves!

Kris Irwin @rockiesalpineguide topping out on ‘Topicana’ in Paradise Valley yesterday. This was Plan C for the day. After driving around looking for ice that wasn’t there, we started the 2.5 hour ski approach around 9am hoping to climb some other ice in the area. When we came across this ice that wasn’t in the book, we had to check it out. (Some research on our return home revealed it indeed had been climbed – ‘Beach Babes’ and ‘Tropicana’). Some fun scratching on slabby iced up quartzite for a pitch and a half then a full pitch of pure ice at the top. A bit late to be topping out, but it was worth the adventure. It would have been more fun except for my habit of always forgetting something on my first day of the season – this year it was my headlamp. The ski out was interesting!

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