Orient Bay (Ice) Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: One of the many awesome climbs at Orient Bay: Obse...
One of Canada's premiere ice climbing areas. Multiple superb high quality lines.
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. Continue for another 15 miles. At that point the prominent Glace Escalante should become visible on the right. You're there.
References: "Ice Climbs of the Lake Superior Region"
by Eric Landmann and Don Hynek, Granite Publishing
Websites: Alpine Club of Canada
(most current ice conditions and trip reports). Climbing Central Beta Page
Weather station 19.6 miles from here
27 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Orient Bay (Ice)
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Orient Bay (Ice):
WI2+ Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'
Featured Route For Orient Bay (Ice)
WI5 North America
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A beautiful route that forms most years. Climb steep bumps and mushrooms to the base of the pillar. Climb the crux pillar, which will ease off after about 50 feet. The pillar is often hollow candlestick, so protection can be uninspiring. Take long screws in order to get maximum bite. Continue up to a tree belay/rappel station on the right. Many parties will rappel from here, but the route continues up easy ice for another 25-30 meters, to a tree anchor on the left....[more] Browse More Classics in International
BETA PHOTO: Evil Des Seins, WI4
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.
Nov 7, 2013
Anyone have beta on ice conditions in Orient Bay?
By Dave Rone
From: Eau Claire, Wis
Nov 8, 2013
No climbable ice yet, usually around thanksgiving
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: