Jon, thanks for the kind words.
Little secret few folks in the lower 48 know about. I grew up in the upper Midwest. Our summers were brutal, hot and humid (crops-rivers) and our winters likewise (-40f wind chill not uncommon). I lived in Canmore for six full winters backcountry skiing and ice climbing the whole time. Of course my American friends kidded me about igloos and such. The truth of the matter is that with Chinooks factored in (something you won't enjoy further east), the protection from the wind afforded on most ice routes, combined with the physicality of either sport, I was rarely cold even though I spent all my time outdoors. Living in Canmore is a lot warmer than living in Chicago, I believe if anyone wants to look it up, that is quite factual. Chicago is a windy city and at times humid. Calgary is more exposed to the wind. But I thought Canmore was downright warm and dry compared to other places I have lived in the lower 48. I concur if you are in the backcountry though, the weather can take you out in a heartbeat, that is what the Canadian Rockies are all about. The adventure of it all, deadly wildlife, deadly storms, deadly objective hazards.... March is the perfect time to climb ice by the way (more sun). Some of the great WI 6 pillars are short lived in January, but outside of that there is more ice than you can climb in a lifetime (and not see a soul within miles). Enjoy!