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Ontario, Canada, North America
Route Type:
Ice Climbing
Time Required:
Less than two hours
grade 2+
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Created On: Mar 21, 2006
Last Edited On: Mar 21, 2006


Tempest is an Orient Bay classic. It is a great first climb and warm-up for the rest of Orient Bay. It is also extremely popular. It is unlikely that the entire slab will be in use, though. It is also a good example of the type of approach to expect for other climbs in the area.

Getting There

Located about a mile and a half (or about 2km) west of the Cascade Falls area. Parking is as mentioned earlier. Approach begins on highway, enters woods and normally some pretty deep snow from east side of the bridge.

Route Description

2 pitches, grade WI2+, about 170 feet high, double rope rappel from station set up on tree on top left. There is a great spot in the middle where a little bowl forms to set up an ice-screw belay. Or, it may be climbed in one pitch on the far left.

Essential Gear

Everything necessary for a two-pitch, 170 ft, WI grade 2+ climb. Beware of the temperature. It is not unusual for this place to hit -40 (celsius or fahrenheit, it's still -40) at some point or another in mid-winter.

External Links

Alpine Club of Canada, wesbender.com, climbingcentral.com


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