General OverviewThis easily accessible ice climb forms regularly, and given that it faces north has a reasonably long season.
The upper pitch usually forms to the top and presents about 25 metres of grade three ice. There is usually a steep step at the top to keep you on your toes.
Getting ThereTravelling from Hinton to Jasper continue on highway 16 for about 20 km (about 20 minutes). You will come to the Folding Mountain Village on your left. As you turn left into the village park immediately to your right near the highway. At this point the climb is usually visible along the north facing wall behind the village.
Google Map From Hinton
Head straight across this lease and into the bush on a poorly defined path following along the base of the steep slope below the cliff band. Follow this for 5-10 minutes and watch for an indestinct drainage coming down from the cliff band above. The ice is barely visible from below.
Work your way up the steep slope below the cliff band (5-10 minutes), usually easiest to the climber's right, to the base of the first step.
Pitch 2: The upper pitch is quite straight forward grade 3 ice. The ice quality can vary from plastic to brittle and unconsolidated. There are a variety of lines at the base that all converge towards the top with a short steep step that tops you out at a tree belay.
DescentYou can walk off to the climber's right through the trees. It is a little confusing, but will likely save you time and rope hassles.
You can also rap the route off of trees.
External LinksThere are two great websites for ice conditions in the Canadian Rockies:
Live The Vision - Ice Conditions.