Ice Climbing in the Canadian Rockies


We were in Banff last week for the Mountain Film Festival and managed to sneak out for a few pitches of Ice climbing.  Conditions were quite mild owing to a Chinook passing along the front ranges but we headed up to the Stanley Headwall, finding tons of climbable ice in this refrigerator box of a valley.  The team consisted of neophyte ice climber Helen Beynon and cutting edge Rockies sportsman Ian Welstead.  Our route was the moderate mixed climb Sinus Gulley which sports a fun pitch of steep WI3 and then a 5.6 mixed pitch that gives a good introduction to mixed climbing.


About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.