Sunwapta Falls - Left Drainage.
The right drainage sports a much more moderate start and finish with similar rambling ice in between. The climbing is enjoyable on typically good ice in a beautiful orange-hued canyon. The atmosphere in the canyon is its greatest virtue. For those just starting to lead or looking for a more moderate day out, this would be a recommended climb.
Getting ThereAs for all of the Beauty Creek Ice Climbs you need to park 2 km south of the Beauty Creek Hostel.
From Jasper turn south onto Hwy 93 and follow it for about 86 km past the Beauty Creek Hostel to the parking lot for all the Climbs.
Google Map From Jasper
From Lake Louise follow Hwy 93 north for about 140 km.
Google Map From Lake Louise
ApproachFrom the parking lot the right drainage should be obvious to the east on the treed slope in front of you. Cross the creek to the road and work your way up to the drainage following the rim of the drainage if possible. The trail typically descends into the drainage closer to the start of the climbing.
Route DescriptionThe climbing starts up a short grade 3 step of ice (10 m) that is followed by rolling steps of grade 2-3 ice ice up to 5 m for a couple hundred metres.
Exit the canyon to the climber's left atop the final pitch.
DescentHike down the treed slope to the skier's right of the canyon back to the road and parking area.
Essential GearTypical Ice Rack.
External LinksThere are two great websites for ice conditions in the Canadian Rockies:
Live The Vision - Ice Conditions.