Orient Bay Ice and Mixed Rock Climbing
Ranxerox Tangent. Feb 2012. Photo: Nate Erickson.
One of Canada's premiere winter climbing areas. Many 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. 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: acctbay.ca./index.php
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
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Orient Bay Ice and Mixed:
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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
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: