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Good information on traveling safely in the Canadian backcountry.

Ice Encyclopedia
Nice site providing route descriptions and photos for ice climbs in Alberta and BC.

Canmore Guide
Where to stay, eat, etc.

Rockies Climbing Cycle
Ice Season Progression--how to plan a trip to the Rockies.
The old Gravsports Ice Page--lots of info on past years, etc.

Mountain Conditions Reports, good resource from guides in the area.

Climbers' access group, worth supporting.

Local org that replaces sketchy old anchors and crappy bolts. Give them money.

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#18109 - 01/26/16 10:53 PM Re: New Ice Grading System * [Re: Mike J Barter]
Sylvain Offline


Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 150
Loc: Canmore, Alberta
Fucking Eh!

The funny thing is... the more you climb, the easier it becomes...

A WI4 (or 6 for that matter) early in the season can be hard but becomes a relatively easy climb/solo, given the same conditions, 30-40 days into the season.

3 rules of ice climbing

1. Don't ever, ever fall
2. Climb with a strong ethic, grace, speed and elegance
3. If rule #2 doesn't work, go back to rule #1, don't ever fall

And special rule #4: don't be a dick...

I like your 2 categories PolishBob!

The "Old" French Guy

#18152 - 01/31/16 09:49 PM Re: New Ice Grading System [Re: Mike J Barter]
Luther Mclain Offline

Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 6
I'm not buying any of this Joe. Anyone who is a real climber knows that a backcountry, or early season route is going to be a completely different experience than an accessible route in the Bow Valley, or K-country. That's been said, but the simple, and obvious truths are the ones that get lost in the pot-stirring. This is the mecca for ice climbing. If ice climbers need beta maps, and charmin to climb here, then we are going to lose what this place has always been about. The only people I see buying into this, are those who need another number system to add to their monologues.
Just aim.

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