Type: Ice, 400 ft (121 m), 3 pitches, Grade III
FA: Steve Beaulieu & Peter Corbett, 1983
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Shared By: Luka Bogdanovic on Jan 18, 2020
Admins: Mark Roberts, Mauricio Herrera Cuadra, Kate Lynn, Braden Batsford

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Another Kicking Horse Canyon classic, Essondale Right follow the ice that can be seen up higher on the cliffs from the highway.

P1: Climb a steep WI4 ~12 meter curtain followed by about 35 meters of snow ledge/very low angle ice that gets you to the base of the P2 pillar. Build a belay on the left, or alternatively head up another 10 meters and build a sheltered belay behind the pillar on the right.

P2: Fire straight up the steep crux pillar to more mellow terrain, build a belay.

P3: Climb up the final 60 meters of rolling WI4 ice to a tree anchor.

Rappel the route.


From the parking walk along the highway until you are on the West side of the Highway bridge crossing the river. Walk under the bridge and down to the railroad tracks, heading East along the tracks for about 300 meters.

Once you pass a grey power box on the south side of the rails look up and to the left, you should see the climb. Grovel your way up the gully to the base. Be aware a direct line straight up the gully containing the climb isn't possible as you will get cliffed out, so you need to traverse in from either side slightly about 2/3rds of the way up the gully.

About 10 meters of approach ice will get you to the base of the pitch 1 curtain, with a good belay tree on the left.

About 45 minutes - hour depending on route finding and conditions


Standard ice rack.