|The infamous bridge|
Today we climbed at Orient Bay. The most famous of Thunder Bay ice cragging areas. We started at the far end with Andromeda Weeps (WI4-). This climb sits in the shade, and was bitterly cold. Apparently all of my Canadian toughness has been melted out mild California weather. Being above my pay grade, Kyle led this one. We did both pitches. The ice was rock hard, a reminder of what Thunder Bay ice climbing can be like. No wussy plastic California ice here.
|Kyle rocking Andromeda Weeps|
We stopped for a quick lunch, then headed over to climb Tempest (WI2+). Its a massive apron of ice, a full 60 meter rope pitch to the top. This being in my pay grade, I took a turn on lead.
|Mega classic: Tempest|
|Me heading up Tempest|
|My 3rd ice lead of the trip!|
|Kyle examining some of the ice formations.|
After a long day of climbing, another awesome Mom cooked meal followed by a couple of hours of catching up with one of my oldest friends (Eli Nix). Tomorrow the plan is to head to Kama Bay
Day 5 -- March 22nd - Today we headed out to Kama Bay, another classic ice climbing crag. First up was Thermocules, a WI3+ in a neat chimney/gully. Some vertical steps then a tricky umbrella crux exit. Very cool. As per formula, Kyle led through it without breaking a sweat.
|Views at Kama Bay|
|Thermocules. Notice the death ice block up to the right|
|On the approach|
|Toping out one of the approach steps|
We arrived at the climbs, and did a couple of laps, one up a WI3+/-WI4 line, then another WI3 line. Super fun!
|Kyle demonstrating the proper tripod climbing technique|
Day 6 -- March 23rd. Last Day!
Feeling a bit sad today, its been such a great trip. I could use a few more days. For the last day of climbing we decided to take a bit easy, so that I would have some free time in the afternoon for time visiting. We drove over to climb Feaver Falls (WI3). From the road, the climb looks fairly close, but its actually a bit of a trek to the base!
|Feaver Falls in the distance|
|Kyle racking up in the cold|
A very fun climb despite the weird conditions. We slid down the hill, then to the Neebing Road House for some burgers and beer!
|Food with the Family|