CANA­DIAN Rock­ies Ice

Gripped - - FEATURE - Pho­tos by Tim Ban­field

On­line Re­sources and Epic Pho­tos

Climbers have been head­ing up frozen wa­ter­falls in Canada for decades and a lot has changed, from the equip­ment and pro­tec­tion to where climbers find in­for­ma­tion on climbs and safety. Many ex­pe­ri­enced ice climbers be­gan when there was no in­ter­net to use as a re­source. They re­lied on jour­nals, clubs, hear-say and guide­books.

In 2018, with ev­ery­thing at your fin­ger­tips, the way ice climb­ing in­for­ma­tion is passed along is very dif­fer­ent. Many new ice climbers started after the dawn of Face­book and so­cial me­dia, so nat­u­rally those are the places they’re ac­cus­tomed to go­ing for in­for­ma­tion. And while Face­book and In­sta­gram are great places to get started, in the end ev­ery climber should be fa­mil­iar with the many re­sources avail­able.

Op­po­site:Jo Pe­ung climb­ing Ice Nine in Banff Na­tional Park along the Ice­fields Park­way in Alta.Left: Pa­trick Lind­say lead­ing the rarely formed Danc­ing With Chaos along the Ice­fields Park­way in Banff Na­tional Park, Alta.

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