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
This route trends up and right to reach the curtain of ice up high. It starts out pretty easy with the crux being a bulge in the wall as the good footholds disappear (between the 4th and 6th bolts) . The final rock moves before the transition to ice are also exciting, involving a big step right to thin footholds, slots, and hooking on the steepening wall. It's about 40 meters to the top of the route, 50 or so to the Reflection Wall rap anchor....[more]Browse More Classics in International