Ice climbing in SO is under appreciated. The climbing doesn't compare to Willoughby, the real (CDN) Rockies, Kandersteg, Chile or Norway, but be rest assured - ice climbing in SO is worthy of attention: it's special, unique and like all ice and mixed climbing: engaging. True, that nowhere does one have to wake up as early, drive as far, trek/ski farther across frozen (or not so frozen) lakes to climb "short" lines, thus racking up an amusing "km driven to m climbed ratio" they are all likely to be untouched allowing climbers to revel in first ascent of the season ordeals. The routes vary from rolling flows perfect for beginner to dripping hangers, protected by pro in roof cracks... It's all worth it!
Ice Conditions 11/12 (historical)
Ice Conditions 10/11 (historical)
Ice Conditions 09/10 (historical)
Ice Conditions 08/09 (historical)
Ice Conditions 07/08 (historical)
Ice Conditions 06/07 (historical)
Download unofficial updates to the SO Ice guidebook (updated Aug 2009 - I think the file is too big to open up in a viewer, so right-click and save. Also take a look at last year's condition's page, and jot down some notes about the FA action. I haven't had time to assemble all the new stuff.). Table of Contents and Index compiled by Richard Massiah. Thanks Richard.
SO Classics (mini-guides)
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