Orient Bay Ice and Mixed Rock Climbing
Nate Erickson on the finish of 10% Real. Feb '011.
One of Canada's premiere winter climbing areas. Many high-quality lines.
From Duluth take Hwy 61 north across the US border. Continue on 61 into Thunder Bay. From Thunder Bay, take Hwy 11 into Nipigon (motels, food, beer). To get to the climbs from Nipigon, continue on Hwy 11 for about 36 miles until you reach Trans-Canada Pipeline Station on the left. At that point, the prominent Glace Eclatante will be visible ahead. You're there.
References: "Ice Climbs of the Lake Superior Region" by Eric Landmann and Don Hynek, Granite Publishing
Websites: Climbing Central Beta Page,
Alpine Club of Canada, Thunder Bay Section: acctbay.ca./index.php
Weather station 19.5 miles from here
42 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Orient Bay Ice and Mixed
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Orient Bay Ice and Mixed:
Featured Route For Orient Bay Ice and Mixed
Evil Des Sens
WI4 North America
: ... : Ice Palace
This route ascends a narrow 70 degree wall onto a snowy step for a short rest. Then ascend the steep, vertical wall for about 15 meters. Staying on the right side usually offers the greatest relief by way of a left-facing corner. Those inspired to a greater challenge can go middle or left side for robust, Canadian WI4 (every bit of it). Once atop the main headwall, find your line over a series of short vertical sections, angling left for the final 25 meters to the top of the route. This rou...[more] Browse More Classics in International
By Bill Rusk
From: Duluth, MN
May 27, 2008
This area is amazing for any level of climber. In addition to the climbs in Orient Bay, many of which are not listed, there are numerous ice and mixed lines in area. If you've done other climbs in this area please post them.
By Lou Hibbard
From: Eagan, MN
Apr 15, 2014
A great resource for finding more remote Orient Bay climbs in deep snow is Wes Bender's summary of GPS locations found on the Alpine Club of Canada Thunder Bay section website:
By Lynn Evenson
Mar 16, 2017
Beaver Motel is great. We stayed in one of their new 600 sq ft cabins. Two queen beds, scads of floor space, functional kitchen, nice people. Highly recommended.
In mid-March, saw three other parties, none of them on our routes. Perfect.