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Cascade Falls 

WI3-4

   
Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 130'
Original: WI3-4 [details]
FA: S. Parent, P. Dedi, 1981
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: Bill Rusk on Jan 30, 2008

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Cascade Falls in prime condition. January 2008.

Description 

This climb is an Orient Bay classic. Enormously fat ice with huge variation in steepness. There are so many variations to choose from, but farthest to the left tends to be more stepy and it gets more difficult and steep the further right you go. This route is perfect height for a 60m toprope and is a great place to bring beginners. You can set up at least 4 different TRs. This climb is also the site of clinics during the annual Nipigon Ice Fest.

References: "Ice Climbs of the Lake Superior Region" by Eric Landmann and Don Hynek, Granite Publishing

Location 

Past the Trans-Canada Pipeline Station along Highway 11 going North, drive until you see this formation on your right, you really can't miss it. There is a parking lot with a blue interpretive sign on your right. The lot is not plowed so you might have to park on the road. Watch out for semis. Walk along the highway until you can cut in and follow the access trail.

To get down there are rap bolts at top right of the route (could be iced over), or there is a steep trail on the left side.

Protection 

Ice screws


Photos of Cascade Falls Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Beginning the lead of the right hand side - grade ...
Beginning the lead of the right hand side - grade ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Gerry working the (likely) grade 5 middle section ...
Gerry working the (likely) grade 5 middle section ...
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Cascade Falls (WI3-4) from the left side b...
BETA PHOTO: View of Cascade Falls (WI3-4) from the left side b...
Rock Climbing Photo: A stunning winter setting at Cascade Falls.
A stunning winter setting at Cascade Falls.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the top....
Nearing the top....
Rock Climbing Photo: John Hample enjoying a rest at the base of Cascade...
John Hample enjoying a rest at the base of Cascade...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cascade Falls. 03/01/14.
Cascade Falls. 03/01/14.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice view of the right, steeper side of Cascade Fa...
BETA PHOTO: Nice view of the right, steeper side of Cascade Fa...
Rock Climbing Photo: TRs for the whole family. January 2008.
TRs for the whole family. January 2008.
Rock Climbing Photo: Smack dab in the heart of the beast. Working in a ...
Smack dab in the heart of the beast. Working in a ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The parking area for Cascade Falls.  The falls are...
BETA PHOTO: The parking area for Cascade Falls. The falls are...
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting ready to top out....
Getting ready to top out....
Rock Climbing Photo: Carter Stritch climbing towards the belay
Carter Stritch climbing towards the belay
Rock Climbing Photo: Rick Love leading up Cascade on a cold blue-bird d...
Rick Love leading up Cascade on a cold blue-bird d...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cascade Falls in decidedly grade 4 conditions...
Cascade Falls in decidedly grade 4 conditions...
Rock Climbing Photo: Early evening view of Cascade. 01/03/14.
Early evening view of Cascade. 01/03/14.

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By Colin R
From: Ottawa, ON
Feb 25, 2014
rating: WI3-4

Winter 2014 - Ice is quite steep this year on the right hand side. Left hand side is still Grade 3. Right hand side is Grade 4 to Grade 5- depending on the line choosen. An unusual year from what I understand.....

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