Description One of Canada's premiere winter climbing areas. Many 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. 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
The First Ascent tackled P1 by avoiding the unprotectable, 1/2-inch ice sheet (30 ft) by following it's left edge, mixed climbing marginally-protectable rock to a point where a nest of pins were placed behind a flake system. From here, roughly the top of the ice sheet, a traverse was made to the base of a thin, detached pillar (2 stubbies at base) and up this to the cave (two bolt belay with rope-threadable rappel hangers). The second pitch was tackled the second day by ascending the free-hang...[more]Browse More Classics in International