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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


['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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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
Weeping Wall from the road, February '06.

Lower Weeping Wall WI4-5  North America : Canada : ... : Weeping Wall Area
Nearly as wide as it is tall, the Lower Weeping Wall is the best known climb in Canada. Less than 10 minutes from the road and virtually no avalanche hazard make this a destination for all ice climbers.Although you can climb about anywhere you please on the wall, there are 3 somewhat independent lines.The Left-Hand (II WI4) is the easiest and most popular, with the steep ice on the 2nd pitch being the crux.The Central Pillar (III WI5+) climbs up either side of the large cave (crux) found in the...[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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