Type: Trad, Ice, 1000 ft (303 m), 6 pitches, Grade VI
FA: Kevin Doyle, Tim Friesen. April, 1983
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Shared By: Dave Rone on Mar 24, 2016
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This spectacular line was, as the Josephson guide says, "climbed way ahead of its time." And even today with modern equipment, it is a serious undertaking. The climbing is difficult and sustained, it doesn't let up. Furthermore, it is difficult to evaluate the route beforehand, although the upper half can be seen from lot #3 at the Lake Louise ski area. Major hazards are the avalanche prone approach slopes and ice/serac release from the ice cap on top. One is most exposed to serac fall on the approach slopes and on the snow benches.

The route will usually be climbed in 6 pitches, 70 m ropes are recommended. If the route is in fatter conditions, everything about the route will be easier, but when it's thin, good screws can be hard to find, anchors harder to build, and the hanging curtains will be much more difficult to climb and protect.


Gimme Shelter is on the northeast face of Mt. Quadra, located at the south end of Consolation Lakes. It is approximately a 12 mile ski (4-6 hrs) from the parking area at the start of the Moraine Lake road to the base of the route.

Exit Hwy 1 at Lake Louise, and drive west toward the lake, and park at the Moraine Lake road (closed in winter) turnoff. Ski the road to Moraine Lake, all but the last two miles of which is groomed. Then ski the hiking trail to Consolation Lakes and bivy. Get an early start in the morning, climbing the route and then skiing out will be a long day!


Take a good selection of screws, particularly 10, and 13 cm. Have enough to build anchors and protect the pitch, there is no fixed pro or anchors. When the route is thin, it's possible some knifeblades and stoppers will be helpful. Rappel from v-threads, 5 rappels with 70 m ropes.