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Orient Bay Ice and Mixed

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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:

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Orient Bay, Canada. Kate Muehling leading the crux pitch of Obsession. March '09.
[Hide Photo] Orient Bay, Canada. Kate Muehling leading the crux pitch of Obsession. March '09.

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Bill Rusk
Duluth, MN
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] 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: Apr 15, 2014
[Hide Comment] 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