|Chris Tirrell working the line|
Jens Holsten and I took a trip to the Canadian Rockies to climb some long classic waterfall ice routes, and we were graciously hosted by our friend Steven Swenson who fit us into his schedule of guests and itinerant dirtbags who overwhelm his condo in Canmore Alberta.
|Jens gets us going on Carlsberg Column near Field, BC|
We were both amazed by the scale, beauty, and access of the peaks in the Rockies. The ice was fat and blue. Screws actually would hold a fall. This was not Washington slush ice. The first day in the area Jens and I climbed Carlsberg Column in the Field, B.C. area, and then we stopped by Lake Louise and strolled past the amazingly ornate lodge, walked past kids skating and playing hockey, and found ourselves under Lake Louise Falls, which we climbed as well.
|The view from one end of Lake Louise|
|The other end of Lake Louise|
|Jens on a WI5 pitch of a Murchison Falls variation|
|Murchison falls is 1-2 miles above the road in a beautiful setting|
|I heard they designed that rock based on the North Face logo...|
|Ricardo follows the Enduro Corner on Astroman|
|Ricardo on the Changing Corners pitch|
|Slotting myself into the belly of the beast, and executing the 180-degree turn. Index flares have taught me well!|
|Laybacking under the Harding Slot|