Type: Trad, Ice, 300 ft, 2 pitches, Grade III
FA: Jack Firth, John Lauchlan 1974
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Shared By: Dave Rone on Jun 16, 2014
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You won't find a more classic WI5 anywhere in the Rockies! Carlsberg forms up every year and is guaranteed to satisfy.

Climb steep ice for 50m to a fixed station on the right. This pitch is usually the crux. A second shorter pitch leads to the top, and a belay/rappel station on the left.

A series of short, easy steps can be found above, but are rarely done.


Carlsberg Column is located in the first gully to the right of Pilsner Pillar. From the parking area, continue about .6km east and find the trail into the trees and continue up the slope to the base of a shield of ice. One option is to climb this and continue up easy ice to the base of the main flow. Most parties will head up and right along the base of the ice shield and then make an exposed traverse back left to the route.


Screws are all you need. To descend, make a short rappel from a tree anchor, to another tree. One more rappel gets you down.


Vikram Sahney
Seattle, WA
Vikram Sahney   Seattle, WA
Video from our climb of Carlsberg Column.

youtu.be/K-6NjYMlTr0 Aug 28, 2016