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Orient Bay Ice and Mixed

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Orient Bay Ice and Mixed Rock Climbing 

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Ranxerox Tangent. Feb 2012. Photo: Nate Erickson.


One of Canada's premiere winter climbing areas. Many high-quality lines.

Getting There 

Getting There
From Duluth take Hwy 61 north across the US border. Continue on 61 into Thunder Bay. From Thunder Bay, take Hwy 11 into Nipigon (motels, food, beer). To get to the climbs from Nipigon, continue on Hwy 11 for about 36 miles until you reach Trans-Canada Pipeline Station on the left. At that point, the prominent Glace Eclatante will be visible ahead. You're there.

References: "Ice Climbs of the Lake Superior Region" by Eric Landmann and Don Hynek, Granite Publishing

Websites: Climbing Central Beta Page,
Alpine Club of Canada, Thunder Bay Section:

Climbing Season

Weather station 19.5 miles from here

36 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Orient Bay Ice and Mixed

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Orient Bay Ice and Mixed:
Tempest   WI2+     Ice, 1 pitch, 200'   Cascade Falls/Obsession Are...
Cascade Falls   WI3-4     Ice, 1 pitch, 130'   Cascade Falls/Obsession Are...
Obsession   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 180'   Cascade Falls/Obsession Are...
Sycho Icycho   WI2+     Ice, 1 pitch, 190'   Cascade Falls/Obsession Are...
10% Real   WI5     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 150'   Ice Palace
Mellow Yellow   WI3+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 200'   South End
Tears of Joy   WI3+     Ice, 2 pitches, 250'   North End
Andromeda Weeps   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   North End
Ranxerox Tangent   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 150'   Ice Palace
Evil Des Sens   WI4     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 55'   Ice Palace
Hully Gully   WI2+     Ice, 2 pitches, 140'   South End
Gomar Falls   WI3     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 260'   Pumping Station
Amy R   WI2+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   Reflection Wall/Amy R Area
Glace Eclatante   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 150'   Pumping Station
Ice Invaders   WI2     Ice, 1 pitch, 150'   Cascade Falls/Obsession Are...
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Featured Route For Orient Bay Ice and Mixed
Rock Climbing Photo: Ranxerox Tangent. Photo: Randall Tate.

Ranxerox Tangent WI4  North America : Canada : ... : Ice Palace
Beautiful route! The ice forms some interesting and pretty unique three dimensional structures. The first 30 feet or so are vertical with some slightly overhanging moves once you're up the approach ramp and actually on the route. Many opportunities to hook. A good hands-free rest can be found about half-way up the route. Mercifully ramps out at the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Bill Rusk
From: Duluth, MN
May 27, 2008
This area is amazing for any level of climber. In addition to the climbs in Orient Bay, many of which are not listed, there are numerous ice and mixed lines in area. If you've done other climbs in this area please post them.
By Lou Hibbard
From: Eagan, MN
Apr 15, 2014
A great resource for finding more remote Orient Bay climbs in deep snow is Wes Bender's summary of GPS locations found on the Alpine Club of Canada Thunder Bay section website:

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