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Icefields Parkway Rock Climbing 


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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



Weather station 18.8 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Icefields Parkway

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

Kitty Hawk WI5  North America : Canada : ... : Elliott Peak
Classic climb in a very cool location and with beautiful views of Abrahams Lake. The climb consists of the 60m WI4 pitch followed by a 50m steep and sustained WI5 pillar. The third pitch is a 30m WI3 with a bolt station on top (to climbers right). First ascent of Kitty Hawk was accomplished in 1980 as a roped solo following several attempts which reportedly involved a giant whipper, rescue, and 26 stitches. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Icefields Parkway Slideshow Add Photo
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...
Rock Climbing Photo: Riptide, mid March 2016. View from the road
Riptide, mid March 2016. View from the road

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By Tom Gnyra
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Mar 16, 2016
bsmoot : you can find people on grav-sport usually. it's will gadd's forum

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