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Orient Bay (Ice)

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Orient Bay (Ice) 

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One of Canada's premiere ice climbing areas. Multiple superb high quality lines.

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. 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

Alpine Club of Canada (most current ice conditions and trip reports).

Climbing Central Beta Page

27 Total Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Orient Bay (Ice):
Andromeda Weeps   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   
Ranxerox Tangent   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 150'   
Evil Des Seins   WI4     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 55'   
Gomar Falls   WI3     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 260'   
Amy R   WI2+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   
Glace Eclatante   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 150'   
Hully Gully   WI2+     Ice, 2 pitches, 140'   
Tears of Joy   WI3+     Ice, 2 pitches, 250'   
Obsession   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 180'   
Cascade Falls   WI3-4     Ice, 1 pitch, 130'   
Sycho Icycho   WI2+     Ice, 1 pitch, 190'   
10% Real   WI5     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 150'   
Mellow Yellow   WI3+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 200'   
Tempest   WI2+     Ice, 1 pitch, 200'   
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Reflection Wall from Highway 11.

Reflection Wall WI5  North America : Canada : ... : Orient Bay (Ice)
An impressive curtain of yellowish ice - true ice wall. It is very close to Highway 11, so it impossible to miss (unless you're looking east the entire time). Looks dead vertical from the distance but from up close it is actually well featured, three-dimensional, and with quite a few options. Reflection Wall faces east so it gets baked and can be chandeliered and reportedly dangerous in late spring. Eric Landmann in his "Superior Ice" (currently out of prin...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Evil Des Seins, WI4
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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 RustyLane
From: Minneapolis
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: