Cold as ICE

Trip Start Nov 19, 2009
Trip End Nov 20, 2009

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Friday, November 20, 2009

Bob and I headed out to Nordegg for the earliest ice climbing we have ever done! The ice at Two O'Clock creek was ok but not as fat as later on in the season. We are the second team to complete the 3 pitch climb this year so far. Ravens were around talking to us, the sun was out and the view of the Abraham lake and valley was spectacular. We made a tobacco offering to the Great Spirit at the ceremonial lodges on the way in. A great day of climbing.

This climb requires ropes, ice screws, draws, biners, crampons, helmet, harness and lots of warm gloves, clothing and boots. It is fairly gear intensive but in the right conditions, weather and good climbing partners, you can have a safe and fun climb. 

 Two O'clock creek is about 44 km southwest of Nordegg on the David Thompson highway. You park at a gate and walk about 2 km through several fields containing Aboriginal ceremonial lodges. We believe these are the sites of special ceremonies for the Bighorn Reserve people including sun ceremony and vision quests. We give some tobacco to the Great Spirit before going to the trail through the trees to the base of the climb.

We had ravens flying about, talking to us, which is always a comfort for me. The weather was perfect, mild temps and a view up the valley to Abraham lake which is the water reservoir and head of the North Saskatchewan river.  Another amazing day in the mountains!
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Zsolt on

Fantastic weather, amazing view, and good company. That ice wall looks good too.

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