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Icefields Parkway 


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Icefields Highway.

Description 

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


16 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Icefields Parkway:
Kitty Hawk   WI5     Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 500'   Elliott Peak
Melt Out   WI3     Ice, 2 pitches, 450'   Icefields Parkway - North
North Glacier   Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 5000'   Mount Athabasca
Curtain Call   WI6     Ice, 2 pitches, 410'   Icefields Parkway - North
Lower Weeping Wall   WI4-5     Ice, 3 pitches, 550'   Weeping Wall Area
Polar Circus   WI5     Ice, 9 pitches, 2300'   Weeping Wall Area
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Featured Route For Icefields Parkway
Lower Weeping Wall and Upper Weeping Wall behind it and to the right.

Upper Weeping Wall "Weeping Pillar" WI5-6  North America : Canada : ... : Weeping Wall Area
After climbing the lower weeping wall, continue up the snow bench to the base of the upper wall. Three pitches of ice. First pitch is typically the easiest at 4+ to the bench. Pitch two is typically WI5. Good belays can be found on the left or chop a stance in the center of the pillar. Pitch three is usually the steepest at 5-6 depending on conditions and line taken. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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One of the amazing vistas of Icefield Parkway.
One of the amazing vistas of Icefield Parkway.
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