|Orient Bay (Ice)
A true frozen river. This route was the first ice route climbed in the entire Orient Bay region. It is a "must do." And as such it can be very busy. Easy and varied terrain gives you a wide selection of climbing possibilities. Choose a side and head up. There is a head wall about 150ft up that gives you a taste of WI3 but the rest of the climb is very mellow.
References: "Ice Climbs of the Lake Superior Region" by Eric Landmann and Don Hynek, Granite Publishing
This route is located on Highway 11. Heading north its just past Obsession on the right side. There are a number of climbs in the area but Tempest is easily distiguished by its width.
A spot to park is on the left just past the climb. Cross the road walk along the guard rail and head towards the ice.
After the climb there are a couple of options. Slings around birch trees provide rappel points at a couple different spots on top, straight up and in the middle, and on the left above the cleft.
Note - According to Superior Ice the route is 230ft and is two pitches. I was able to rap from the top center (the tallest part) off 60m twins with rope to spare.
|By Bill Rusk|
From: Duluth, MN
Feb 2, 2008
At one point when I was belaying there were 5 climbers on this formation (2 soloing) and there was room for more.