Waterfall ice climbing: the Canadian Rockies (part 2)
Back to the Icefields Parkway
Kitty Hawk: the classic of the David Thompson highway,
reminiscent of Polar Circus but shorter.
The two dots on the left picture are Larry and me.
Because of the post-holing we started Curtain Calls too late,
and were only able to climb one (long) pitch. The next day, however, we were
back from the lower Weeping wall well before lunch
time. (middle picture by Larry Thurnman)
Sea of Vapors
Very high above the Transcanadian highway, the whole
"Terminator wall", as seen from the base of Professor's falls
looks tiny. It is a long and circuitous approach to get there.
Terminator is the (uncomplete) line on the left.
Sea of Vapors is the line on the right. Climbed in 1993
by Joe Josephson and Bruce Hendricks, this line is the only one in the
Rockies that has received a rating of WI 7+, because of the sustained
thin ice. We had heard of recent repeats and "easy" conditions, so we
came in for a try.
After a WI 5 pillar (left), the crux pitch, led by Bob Cordery-Cotter
whom I just met at the Canadian Alpine Club house, is a rock traverse
followed by thin and steep ice. (left picture by Bob)
We found the two final pitches in nice ice. The left picture shows
a view of the Terminator and Replicant which are
about the same steepness.