Thursday, January 27, 2011

Spray-Ice Cave Climbing


Will Gadd ice climbing in Canada’s Helmckien Falls area:

“I am sure of little in life, but of this I am sure: The Helmcken Falls spray ice cave is absolutely the wildest, best, most insane ice climbing area I've ever seen.”

Lots of great photos and more of the story at the link. Including how they used a metal detector to find the bolts they installed last year which were under this year’s ice.

Five pitches of ice, and:

“the first 60 feet are only overhanging at about 30 to 45 degrees … but then the climbing goes horizontal in this weird 3D upside down icicle forest for a 150 plus feet. And it all went free, on ice, with only two drytool moves!”

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