Murchison Falls, III, WI 4+

  • Murchison Falls, 180m, III, WI 4+
  • - You gain over 2000’ just to get to the base of Murchison Falls. If breaking trail, it can be a tough approach. This is such a common objective however that you will normally find broken trail through the snow. Due to deadfall, skis are not recommended. We had it to ourselves on a Saturday in mid-March and found the top pitch somewhat precarious, i.e. wet and hard to find good ice. This 4th pitch was a full 60m+ of WI 4+. After some solo ice, we completed the route in three long pitches including two that required slight simul climbing. The route requires four rappels, all on rock stations (if not buried). There are three published accident reports relating to this route including at least one known fatality.
    Murchison Falls, III, WI 4+, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, March 11, 2007

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    Scott Dusek

    Scott Dusek - Mar 13, 2007 8:14 pm - Voted 10/10

    Delicious

    That looks super fun! Maybe if I lived closer to Banff my new tools would actually see some action, until then... tall snow banks BEWARE! a hah hah hah!

    Nice shot Dow,

    -Scotty

    Dow Williams

    Dow Williams - Mar 13, 2007 8:21 pm - Hasn't voted

    Re: Delicious

    Thanks Scotty, I got in 6 routes last week, albeit 3 on one day (Valley of the Birds), Canmore is the place for ice, no question. Heading south for my desert fix now! Cheers.
    ps, make sure to slam those tools into a few rocks so they are good and ready!

    CClaude

    CClaude - Mar 13, 2007 9:33 pm - Hasn't voted

    It looks fat!

    when I was up there the stuff on the right was just a dribble..... very nice!

    Dow Williams

    Dow Williams - Mar 13, 2007 10:06 pm - Hasn't voted

    Re: It looks fat!

    the advantages of living here, eh?

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