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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

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',3],['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:
Lower Weeping Wall   WI4-5     Ice, 3 pitches, 550'   Weeping Wall Area
Polar Circus   WI5     Ice, 9 pitches, 2300'   Weeping Wall Area
Murchison Falls   WI4-5     Ice, 4 pitches, 600'   Mount Murchison
Curtain Call   WI6     Ice, 2 pitches, 410'   Icefields Parkway - North
Melt Out   WI3     Ice, 3 pitches, 450'   Icefields Parkway - North
North Glacier   Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 5000'   Mount Athabasca
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
Regular North Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b WI2 Steep Snow PG13     Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 4 pitches, 5000'   Mount Athabasca
Achilles Spire   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, Alpine, 13 pitches, 1000'   Mount Hector and Mount Andr...
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Featured Route For Icefields Parkway
Rock Climbing Photo: Virtual Reality on the right, Murchison.Falls on t...

Virtual Reality WI6  North America : Canada : ... : Mount Murchison
Gnarly. In the rare years that it comes in, it not only looks gnarly, it climbs gnarly. Virtual Reality lies just 30m to the right of Murchison Falls, but the two routes have almost nothing in common, except maybe the similarities of the first pitch.P1, 60m WI4+: Climb up good, undulating ice through several steep steps to a comfortable belay on a big ledgeP2, 35m WI5: Continue up short pitch on steep, varied ice to a comfortable belay on a ledge.P3, 40m WI6: The crux pitch, which forms differ...[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

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