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Lone Ranger WI3+
R&D WI4+
Elevation: 4,638 ft
GPS: 50.906, -114.695 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Janette on Nov 9, 2013
Admins: Dave Rone, Tom Gnyra
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You’d expect to find early ice in the Canadian Rockies, where winter temperatures often drop below –30°F. For their first strikes, Alberta climbers usually head to Kananaskis area. “‘K’ Country is the usual season opener around here,” says Will Gadd, who lives in nearby Canmore. “If you look at the ice conditions archives, it’s surprising how often October 14, or a few days either way, mark the start of the season.”

Located along the Smith-Dorien/Spray Trail, a gravel road linking Canmore with Kananaskis Country, the Ranger Creek area, south of Burstall Pass, has high avalanche danger in midwinter, but is usually safe and easy to approach in late fall.

R&D (WI4+) is the classic, with a long, steep WI4+ column on the first pitch, followed by rambling easy ice to the top, about 45 minutes from the car. Farther up the same drainage, Lone Ranger (WI3+) and The Chalice and the Blade (WI5) offer additional steep challenges.

Getting There

Park at Smith-Dorien/Spray Trail. Follow to the left of the bushes where the area opens up and cross the stream. Follow along the creek until the area narrows then head up on the left through the bushes. From thereon you will eventually reach the snowslopes where the area opens up. You can see R&D on your left and Lone Ranger and Chalice straight ahead for another 20 minutes.

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