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Icefields Parkway

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Icefields Parkway Rock Climbing 

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One of the amazing vistas of Icefield Parkway.


In the Josephson guide, this world-reknowned area is appropriately referred to as the 'epicentre of ice climbing in the Rockies.' Between the Trans-Canada Highway and Jasper, you'll find a lifetime's worth of ice, mixed, and alpine routes. One can hardly overstate the quantity and quality of the climbing that exists here.

For simplicity and clarity, the Icefields Parkway will be broken into a number of sub-areas.

Getting There 

Drive north on from Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway until just north of Lake Louise. Just before Hwy 1 turns west toward Field, look for an exit on the right to Jasper, and take Hwy 93 north.

Travel conditions on this road can deteriorate quickly with wind and/or snow, so proceed with caution!

Climbing Season

Weather station 18.8 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Icefields Parkway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Icefields Parkway:
Polar Circus   WI5     Ice, 9 pitches, 2300'   Weeping Wall Area
Lower Weeping Wall   WI4-5     Ice, 3 pitches, 550'   Weeping Wall Area
Murchison Falls   WI4-5     Ice, 4 pitches, 600'   Mount Murchison
Curtain Call   WI6     Ice, 2 pitches, 410'   Icefields Parkway - North
North Glacier        Trad, Alpine, 5000'   Mount Athabasca
Melt Out   WI3     Ice, 3 pitches, 450'   Icefields Parkway - North
Kitty Hawk   WI5     Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 500'   Elliott Peak
Shades of Beauty   WI4     Ice, 3 pitches, 350'   Icefields Parkway - North
Panther Falls   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   Panther Falls
North Glacier Route        Alpine, Grade II   Mount Hector and Mount Andr...
Tangle Falls   WI2-3     Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   Icefields Parkway - North
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Rock Climbing Photo: Polar Circus from the road.  The upper tier is vis...

Polar Circus WI5  North America : Canada : ... : Weeping Wall Area
Ease of access, variety of terrain, length and position combine to create a singular route. Among the best, if not THE best, ice climb in the Canadian Rockies. Polar Circus offers nine pitches of ice, with the crux pitch last. The bottom pitches are separated by some gully walking, which can be strenuous if the snow is deep. Eventually you will reach the Pencil (WI6). When formed this is a free-standing, 150' tall icicle. A most impressive feature. Usually, however, the Pencil will be brok...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Icefields Parkway Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Icefields Highway.
Icefields Highway.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south on the parkway, at around Bow Lake.
Looking south on the parkway, at around Bow Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Owen & Sara Susca, after dong some runs in a...
Chris Owen & Sara Susca, after dong some runs in a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking north on Icefields Parkway around Bow Lake...
Looking north on Icefields Parkway around Bow Lake...
Rock Climbing Photo: Riptide, mid March 2016. View from the road
Riptide, mid March 2016. View from the road

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By Tom Gnyra
Mar 16, 2016
bsmoot : you can find people on grav-sport usually. it's will gadd's forum