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Southern Rockies Whitewater Triple Crown: Daisy/Slate/East

Welcome to Crested Butte, Colorado: In spring, the snow melt makes some of the best kayaking in the world. It lasts about a month, then it’s dry. The runs here are steep and high up, cutting through slate out of … Continue reading

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Ice Climbing in the Rockies. With Mountains, Frost Bite and Albertan Culture.

Part 1: Driving, Driving and more Driving.  And some Ice. BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEEEP! I awoke with the cardiac arrest I associate with all alarm clocks.   It was 7:30, 23rd December 2015, the morning after my last exam and the subsequent … Continue reading

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Rockies Ice 2014: Part 5 – The Thunder Down Under

I arrived in the Calgary Greyhound station weary, and battered. Sleep had come hard, as was typical on such ventures, and the ride from Vancouver was not made any easier by being on the tail end of a flight form … Continue reading

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Rockies Ice Climbing: Part 4 – The Stacked Nuts

We are ever-so grateful for Alfred letting us lot of dirtbags using his condo, but that was quite likely the worst night any of us had on the trip. The condo was a like a furnace. Way too hot to … Continue reading

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Rockies Ice Climbing: Part 3 – The Ghost

Ian and I awoke in Calgary hearing that the others (fresh from Vancouver) were ready to go from Canmore. The plan was to skip the crowded and easy-to-get-to-crags along the Trans-Canada highway and go straight into the Ghost Valley. We … Continue reading

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Rockies Ice Climbing: Part 2 – The Walking

Ian had combed through the old ice guidebook and found an adventure behind Yamnuska to Association Peak. One of these routes was a 200m WI3 and the other a 100m WI2, without much more info. Tom, Ian, and I made … Continue reading

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Rockies Ice Climbing: Part 1 – The Chinook (warm-up)

Two carloads drove east from Vancouver early on Friday the 13th. The destination: the Canadian Rockies for some sweet, sweet ice climbing. We got to Ian’s mum’s house in Calgary in the evening, a chilly evening at -15C. The first … Continue reading

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Taking the tools for a walk, or how I learned to ice climb

This weekend I had to stay in town on Saturday due to an exam and my ski plans for Sunday-Monday had fallen through. As I was heading home late in the evening, I got a call from Artem. He said … Continue reading

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Team Bad Idea and the slowest ascent ever of Cascade waterfall

Original trip report at: http://crackandiceaddict.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/team-bad-idea-and-the-slowest-ascent-ever-of-cascade-waterfall/ Artem and Tom joined me in Banff for a few days of climbing on the 14th. Tom had never been ice climbing before and Artem had never done any serious ice climbs. I’m also a a … Continue reading

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