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Spectacular and intimidating ice pillar. Steep and sustained climbing.
First route at Orient Bay as you drive in from Nipigon on Highway 11. The pillar is clearly visible from the road and the approach is surprisingly unpainful. Park near the clearing on the right that leads to power lines (see beta photo below). Walk under the lines towards the woods and identify the flagging tape trail near the "underground cable" sign.
Ice screws. A bolted drytooling Parsec (M7) is just to the left of Parallax. If the pillar looks like it might collapse, it could be a good idea to clip the bolts instead of placing screws, although in this case it would probably be better to postpone climbing for more solid conditions. There is a pair of rap anchors on top of the pillar but the route could continue for another pitch on what looked like WI3.
Orient Bay, Ontario. Parallax as of 15 March '09. ...
Orient Bay, Ontario. Henning Boldt on Parallax. No...
Orient Bay, Ontario. Henning Boldt nearing the top...
BETA PHOTO: Parallax approach trailhead as seen from Highway 1...
Since Parsec doesn't have its own page yet, I figu...
Dave Rone leading a difficult and fragile "Paralla...