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Icefields Parkway Rock Climbing 

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In the Josephson guide, this world-reknowned area is appropriately referred to as the 'epicentre of ice climbing in the Rockies.' Between the Trans-Canada Highway and Jasper, you'll find a lifetime's worth of ice, mixed, and alpine routes. One can hardly overstate the quantity and quality of the climbing that exists here.

For simplicity and clarity, the Icefields Parkway will be broken into a number of sub-areas.

Getting There 

Drive north on from Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway until just north of Lake Louise. Just before Hwy 1 turns west toward Field, look for an exit on the right to Jasper, and take Hwy 93 north.

Travel conditions on this road can deteriorate quickly with wind and/or snow, so proceed with caution!

Climbing Season

Weather station 18.8 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Icefields Parkway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Icefields Parkway:
Melt Out   WI3     Ice, 3 pitches, 450'   Icefields Parkway - North
Panther Falls   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   Panther Falls
North Glacier Route   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, Grade II   Mount Hector
Tangle Falls   WI2-3     Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   Icefields Parkway - North
Kitty Hawk   WI5     Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 500'   Elliott Peak
North Glacier   Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 5000'   Mount Athabasca
Lower Weeping Wall   WI4-5     Ice, 3 pitches, 550'   Weeping Wall Area
Curtain Call   WI6     Ice, 2 pitches, 410'   Icefields Parkway - North
Murchison Falls   WI4-5     Ice, 4 pitches, 600'   Mount Murchinson
Polar Circus   WI5     Ice, 9 pitches, 2300'   Weeping Wall Area
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Featured Route For Icefields Parkway
Rock Climbing Photo: North Glacier Route Mount Athabasca contour interv...

North Glacier Mod. Snow  North America : Canada : ... : Mount Athabasca
INTRODUCTIONThis standard route was first descended in 1898 by Norman Collie and Hermann Wooley, after an unguided ascent of the harder North Ridge. Collie is credit with discovering and naming Mount Colombia and the Colombia Icefield.ROUTE DESCRIPTIONThis route needs an alpine start because the gate to the access road is only left open at night. There is a second gate, never unlocked for climbers, just past the trail parking.The trail to the glacier can be sussed out with head...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: One of the amazing vistas of Icefield Parkway.
One of the amazing vistas of Icefield Parkway.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south on the parkway, at around Bow Lake.
Looking south on the parkway, at around Bow Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking north on Icefields Parkway around Bow Lake...
Looking north on Icefields Parkway around Bow Lake...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Owen & Sara Susca, after dong some runs in a...
Chris Owen & Sara Susca, after dong some runs in a...

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