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Kama Bay, Lake Superior (Ice)
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Icebreakers 

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Type:  Trad, Ice, 150'
Consensus: WI5+ [details]
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Submitted By: Dave Rone on Dec 1, 2008

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Brian Bottan chasing light on Icebreakers. 03/05/1...

Description 

One of Kama's showpiece routes! Long, steep, sustained, and exposed. The crux is usually the 30' vertical to slightly overhanging pillar at the bottom, which can sometimes be difficult to protect. Once up the pillar the angle eases to slightly less than vertical and the ice quality improves. The finish can sometimes be a little tricky, varying at times from big umbrellas to bare rock.

You can usually see this massive sheet of ice from miles away as you approach on Hwy 17. Turn off on the Domtar Road and you'll see it up high on the cliff line after 2-3 miles.

Park below the route and head straight for it. As you get through the new-growth pines and enter the forest, watch for flagging tape marking the trail to the Icebreakers area. About 45 minutes to an hour.


Protection 

8-12 screws, depending on how frequently you like to put them in. Mostly 16 and 19cm, with a couple 22's for the hollow stuff. Belay and rappel the route from a big pine about 30' back from the topout. Two 60m ropes easily reach the base from the tree anchor.



Photos of Icebreakers Slideshow Add Photo
Icebreakers in snowy weather. 3/6/11.
Icebreakers in snowy weather. 3/6/11.
Wes Bender on Icebreakers, 3/15/09 <br /> <br />Photo: Nick Buda
Wes Bender on Icebreakers, 3/15/09

Photo: Nick Bu...
Dave Rone at about 1/2 way mark on this great steep slab of "Icebreakers".  Beautiful warm sunny mid-March 2011 day.  No wind and great views.
Dave Rone at about 1/2 way mark on this great stee...
Nearing the top of the crux pillar.  Photo by Dan Wilkinson
Nearing the top of the crux pillar. Photo by Dan ...
Dave Rone on "Icebreakers" mid-March 2011.  The best shape I personally have ever seen this route in.
Dave Rone on "Icebreakers" mid-March 2011. The be...
Incredible-looking Icebreakers (the yellow icefall). View from Domtar 81 road. To the left are: Kama Bay Cakewalk, Icebreaker Arete, and Whimpsickle. 15 March '09.
Incredible-looking Icebreakers (the yellow icefall...
Rapp'n off "Icebreakers".  Is that sky deep blue enough?  Mid-March 2011.
Rapp'n off "Icebreakers". Is that sky deep blue e...
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