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North America, Canada, Various Ice Ascents

Canada, Various Ice Ascents. In Bridge River, B.C., Kevin Normoyle and Quang-Taun Luong put up The Theft (V WI6R), an 800-foot route climbed in six pitches (5+R, 5R, 4, 5+, 6, 5). In Banff, Dave Thompson and Karen McNeil established Deadeye Dick (5.10 WI 5+) in four pitches of thin ice. The route lies between the Weeping Wall and Mixed Master. In the Canadian Rockies, Alex Lowe established a solid M7, Troubled Dreams. A 6+ first pitch leads to 10 feet of overhanging underclings to 15 feet of gently overhanging three-quarter-inch ice. The third pitch is 90 meters of Grade 5. In Ontario, on the northern tip of Lake Superior, lies a 12-mile gorge named Orient Bay. The area is emerging as a new site of water ice activity. Centered around the town of Nipigon, Orient Bay has some 150 named routes. Nearby sites such as Kama Bay and Ice Station Superior offer another 75 routes.