Regular Posts Tagged ‘Banff’
Womens Ice and Mixed Intro
17th Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 1

What a great weekend with some incredibly talented and motivated women!  BIG thanks to Outdoor Research that supplied every woman with a Radiant Long Sleeve Zip layer to keep us warm!!We started out on Saturday at the Junkyards in -25 temps.  After much discussion on how to stay warm we learned the basics of ice climbing and started up some ropes.  Strangely the day got warmer and warmer and before we new it we were shedding layers and enjoying some super mild temps! Thanks to a good crew at the Junkyards we were able to climb anywhere we wanted and enjoyed getting some mileage in.  Everyone picked up the skills very quickly and I was already looking forward to taking this crew to an area that offered more challenge for the next day!

The next day we wanted to head to Haffner but due to the crazy storm we had here in Alberta, the Highway 93 had been shut down due to a large avalanche.  We decided to head into grotto canyon so that we could get our “mix” on!  At first view, the climbs all looked pretty challenging for someones second day ice climbing.  As more people came in, we all shared ropes again and these ladies ended up getting after it!!  With 3 mixed lines, and 4 steep ice lines, everyone left dragging their poor arms to the pub and barely lifting there well deserved mugs to their mouths:) Thanks for an amazing weekend!  Hope to see you all out int he mountains again soon!!

Professors with Steve and Jo
3rd Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 0

With forecasted -25 degree temps, we knew the day was going to be a challenge!  Steve and Jo come every year from the UK though and we wanted to make the most of the trip.  We decided on Professors, a classic grade 4 route right in Banff.  With 8 pitches of fun, climbing in a cool rock canyon, the climb is found on Mt Rundle between Canmore and Banff.  Once again we found ourselves enjoying the climb to ourselves most of the day, and also could see people climbing on the Trophy wall on our hike out. I can’t say I was envious of them in these temps!! Once again Steve and Jo impressed, as the climb had nicely reformed in the cold temperature and the ice was more challenging then it normally is! Another great day out and I’m already looking forward to next year when Steve and Jo return for their yearly voyage:)