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Cascade Falls 

WI3 PG13

Type:  Ice, 5 pitches, 1000'
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Submitted By: Jordan Ramey on Jan 23, 2012

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An old slide from early '80's. Soloing up to the ...


Approach: 10 minutes
Climb: 2 - 4 hours
Descent: 45 - 60 minutes
Car-to-Car: 3 - 5 hours
Sun: little to none in winter

An excellent route with fun rambly pitches topped off with 2-3 long & steep excellent pitches right at the top. If it wasn't for the HUGE avalanche hazard this route suffers from it would be crowded all the time. Check the hazard before heading up! Climbing it at night to lower the objective hazard is not uncommon. Otherwise a very early start or a cloudy day is recommended.


The super obvious waterfall your staring straight at when you exit at Banff heading west on the Trans-Canada. Park directly below the falls at the tourist pullout and follow the trail up to the route.


screws, v-threads. Fixed bolted stations abound on both the right and left side of the route.

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From: Alpine, Utah and Almo, Idaho
Jan 9, 2015

I nearly lost my life on this easy and predictable climb in the early '80's. Thinking back, it was the perfect setup for an accident. Got up early at a hotel in Banff to climb the Weeping Wall. Drove all the way up there in a total snow storm and when we got there, the ice was bullet hard and the wind howling. Got back in the car and carefully drove back to Banff. Thought that as a conciliatory climb, we would 'run' up Cascade Falls.

Soloed most of it, got dark, while pulling the rope from the top rappel, my partner - Steve Bowen - pulled to hard and tipped over on a steep ramp. Neither of us were tied in. I caught Steve as he slide between my legs, saving him. If he would have hit my foot and I lost the bit of my crampon - both of us would have taken the big ride.

Stupid, and very lucky to have a do over on this. Got back to the car and the battery was dead from leaving the lights on. Better it than us.

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