Waterfall Canyon

Ice climbers on a cliff on the south side of Waterfall Canyon. This canyon has many quartzite rock walls.


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tuntun - Dec 4, 2006 1:16 am - Voted 10/10


It is beautiful photo. Congratulation for Photo of the Day.


mountaingazelle - Dec 4, 2006 5:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Beautiful..

Thank you, Tun, for the nice compliment!

Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Dec 4, 2006 10:28 pm - Voted 10/10

I'll second that

Great photo. Could you breifly explain the ice-climbing difficulty scale? Do they break up waterfall ice as a different system?



mountaingazelle - Dec 4, 2006 11:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: I'll second that

Thanks Dan, ice climbing has its own rating system. Here is a brief explanation.

WI – Waterfall Ice
AI – Alpine Ice
M – Mixed

The ratings are determined by how steep the route is and how difficult it is to place protection. So a WI1 route would be around 30°. A route rated WI5 would be an 85-90° ice climb.

After the technical rating is the estimated time such as a II, meaning the route would take half a day to climb for the average person.

Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Dec 5, 2006 12:29 am - Voted 10/10

Re: I'll second that

Sounds pretty similar to rock climbing, (what I am used to) with an extra steepness component added. Thanks for the quick clarification. I definately need to try this some time. It can get frustrating trying to find warm and dry crags this time of the year.



BCJ - Oct 19, 2008 2:18 pm - Voted 10/10

So cool

It's amazing how the ice forms like that all over the rocks...so beautiful. Great photo!


mountaingazelle - Oct 19, 2008 3:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: So cool

Thanks! The ice on this formation is unusual and doesn’t always form well. It was very snowy and cold so conditions were good.

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Mar 17, 2011 10:06 pm - Voted 10/10

Looks good

Looks like a fun place to be! Did you get to climb this?


mountaingazelle - Mar 18, 2011 11:42 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Looks good

Thanks Josh. No, I haven't climbed this. The area was crowded with climbers at the time. I've only seen this ice form once when it was really cold.


PanamaRed - Oct 4, 2012 1:52 pm - Voted 10/10

Cool Picture!

I really like this shot!


mountaingazelle - Oct 5, 2012 7:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Cool Picture!

Thanks! It was rare to see thick ice form in this area of the canyon. I also like your profile photo on the summit of Teewinot!

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