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Slipstream 2015 Gallery

Slipstream is one of the world’s most famous ice climbs. At nearly 1,000 metres from glacier to summit, the modest WI4+ grade is trumped by the commitment, and objective hazards.

First climbed in 1979 by Jim Elzinga and the late John Lauchlan, it is known by many as the must-climb ice route in North America.

Feared by climbers because of its reputation of having deadly avalanches, serac fall and big crevasses. However, each year in February or March a few daring ice climbers make the short trip to the base and gun for the top.

In 2015, there have been a few known ascents and one was by Andy Williamson and Scott Wilson. Here is a gallery of images, some were taken by Wilson and the others by Chris Scharf from the Icefields Parkway.

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