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Description

Description
One of Canada's premiere winter climbing areas. Many high-quality lines.

Getting There

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

Websites: Climbing Central Beta Page,
Alpine Club of Canada, Thunder Bay Section: acctbay.ca./index.php

44 Total Climbs

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Location: Orient Bay Ice and Mixed Change
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Classic Climbing Routes at Orient Bay Ice and Mixed

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI4
 7
Obsession
Ice 2 pitches
WI3+
 8
Tears of Joy
Ice 2 pitches
WI3-4
 14
Cascade Falls
Ice
WI2+
 16
Tempest
Ice
WI2+
 9
Sycho Icycho
Ice
WI4
 3
Ranxerox Tangent
Ice
WI3+
 4
Glace Eclatante
Ice
WI5
 5
10% Real
Trad, Ice 2 pitches
WI3+
 8
Mellow Yellow
Trad, Ice
WI2+
 9
Amy R
Trad, Ice
WI4
 8
Evil Des Sens
Trad, Ice
WI4
 7
Andromeda Weeps
Ice 2 pitches
WI3
 7
Gomar Falls
Trad, Ice 2 pitches
WI2+
 8
Hully Gully
Ice 2 pitches
WI5
 3
Starquake
Trad, Ice 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Obsession 5. Cascade Falls/Obse…
 7
WI4 Ice 2 pitches
Tears of Joy 6. N End
 8
WI3+ Ice 2 pitches
Cascade Falls 5. Cascade Falls/Obse…
 14
WI3-4 Ice
Tempest 5. Cascade Falls/Obse…
 16
WI2+ Ice
Sycho Icycho 5. Cascade Falls/Obse…
 9
WI2+ Ice
Ranxerox Tangent 3. Ice Palace
 3
WI4 Ice
Glace Eclatante 2. Pumping Station Area
 4
WI3+ Ice
10% Real 3. Ice Palace
 5
WI5 Trad, Ice 2 pitches
Mellow Yellow 1. S End
 8
WI3+ Trad, Ice
Amy R 4. Reflection Wall/Am…
 9
WI2+ Trad, Ice
Evil Des Sens 3. Ice Palace
 8
WI4 Trad, Ice
Andromeda Weeps 6. N End
 7
WI4 Ice 2 pitches
Gomar Falls 2. Pumping Station Area
 7
WI3 Trad, Ice 2 pitches
Hully Gully 1. S End
 8
WI2+ Ice 2 pitches
Starquake 6. N End
 3
WI5 Trad, Ice 2 pitches
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Bill Rusk
Duluth, MN
Bill Rusk   Duluth, MN
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. May 27, 2008
Lou Hibbard
Eagan, MN
Lou Hibbard   Eagan, MN
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:
www.acctbay.ca/community_maps.php Apr 15, 2014
Beaver Motel is great. We stayed in one of their new 600 sq ft cabins. Two queen beds, scads of floor space, functional kitchen, nice people. Highly recommended.

In mid-March, saw three other parties, none of them on our routes. Perfect. Mar 16, 2017