Kyle and his buddy Cory (good name) were going to be in the Canadian Rockies for 10-14 days of ice climbing, and I managed to find a super cheap last minute plane ticket to Calgary. So took the plunge bought the ticket. I LOVE the Rockies, so underrated by American climbers, they have no idea what they are missing.
As a bonus I got to see Kyle on his birthday!
|Ice climbing fun! - Photo credit - Cory McFarlane|
|Our lovely private room in the Hostel|
|The first few pitches of professor falls|
|Which way do we go?|
|Golf course approach|
|Hiking along the Bow river|
|Ready to go - Dr. Cory (Ph.D), Kyle and Dr. Cory (MD)|
|Start of the climb|
|Cory leading the 1st pitch|
It was really enjoyable, not very cold (maybe -7C?) great views and really fun, interesting ice. Being a ice climbing gumby, it was plenty challenging for me.
|Cory somewhere on Professor falls|
|Close up - Nice foot work Cory!|
|Kyle admiring the final pitch of Professor falls|
|Approaching the final pitch of Professor Falls.|
We were back at the car before dark, and off the the pub to celebrate our terrific day, and Kyle's birthday
|crappy photo of a very impressive bull Elk.|
|Done for the day. Back in Banff and our car.|
|Kyle's custom drying rack - driven into the fireplace with pitons. Classy.|
The next day, the weather took a turn for the worse. It got colder and the snow began to dump. The result was very high avalanche danger, which really limited what we could climb. So we headed out towards Golden, BC and climbed a nice road-side ice climb.
The climbing was fun, 2 long pitches, the first being much harder than it looked. I ended up totally pumping out!
|Walking next the the avalanche barrier on the highway|
|Approaching the day's objective|
|Full on gear drying going on here|
|Some sort of weird hand massage? I didn't ask|