All Locations > International > North America > Canada > Alberta > Icefields Parkway > David Thompson Highway
Avg: 3.8 from 6 votes
|Type:||Ice, 500 ft, 3 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||David Thompson, 1980|
|Page Views:||924 total · 16/month|
|Shared By:||Kris Gorny on May 20, 2013|
|Admins:||Dave Rone, Tom Gnyra|
DescriptionClassic climb in a very cool location and with beautiful views of Abrahams Lake. The climb consists of the 60m WI4 pitch followed by a 50m steep and sustained WI5 pillar. The third pitch is a 30m WI3 with a bolt station on top (to climbers right). First ascent of Kitty Hawk was accomplished in 1980 as a roped solo following several attempts which reportedly involved a giant whipper, rescue, and 26 stitches.
LocationFrom Saskatchewan Crossing drive ~38km along Dave Thompson Highway (Hwy 11). The climb will be to your left (north) and is easily recognizable from the highway. Park in an obvious pull out in front of the climb.
To reach the climb, head straight for it through the woods. Once through the woods, locate the gully leading to the base of the ice. The gully, which is initially wide (we chose the right bank to ascend), quickly narrows and fills with WI2-3 ice steps. When we did it, the icy sections was filled with powdery waist deep snow. In lean snow conditions it may be necessary to pitch it out.