Climbing (or not climbing) in -20*C temps in Canmore

Climbing (or not climbing) in -20*C temps in Canmore

I’m still warming up from a month and a half spent in Canmore this winter.  With a work situation that was a bit flexible, I was there for some of January and most of February. The back to back climbing days really zapped some of my energy, but I think it was the cold at the end of the trip that really wore me down the most.  This blog post is about layering for very cold temperatures in Canmore, and some of my future rules of thumb for *cold* ice climbing days. Rule 1: Unless you have no other option,...
Exploring the sisters: West Ridge of North Twin

Exploring the sisters: West Ridge of North Twin

If I have learned anything about “winter” climbing on the west slopes of the Cascades, its that getting the conditions just right is both luck and an art.  Sure if you get a big high pressure window and ice flowing down tree trunks its one thing, but for the rest of the year finding good sports action is hard.  After bailing on grander plans that required a better weather forecast and snowpack, Eric and I decided to do a little short day jaunt into the sisters with skis.  We were stunned by the fun climbing and the great conditions we...