Icefields Parkway

Rivers of Babylon - A new Route on Mt Wilson

Rivers of Babylon VI M6+ WI5+R 500 m

On Nov. 26 and 27, Paul McSorley and I climbed a new 9 pitch route on Mt. Wilson in the bowl between Mixed Monster and Ice Nine. "Rivers of Babylon" is the central line of three ice flows. The climbing is sustained, technical and fun the entire way. It was also quite delicate and often run-out. We climbed mostly rock that traversed left and right on natural weaknesses through the overhanging buttress, for four pitches to gain the thin flow, which provided excellent thin ice and mixed climbing for another five pitches. Good screws were rare to non existent, however tool placements came easily. No bolts were placed and the rock is generally excellent by rockies standards. We fixed three ropes on the first four pitches on day one, descended to Rampart Creek hostel for the night, and the next day ascended our ropes and climbed the rest of the route. A one day ascent would be impressive, but doable by a very strong party. This route is probably best earlier in the season and will be extremely dangerous when the avalanche hazard increases.

The Shadow

The Shadow - WI6+R, M6, 220 meters, Mt. Patterson, Canadian Rockies

Master of Puppets

Tags: Posted on January 06, 2007
Master of PuppetsSometimes I find myself on the other side of the lens. Here it's climbing one of the most spectacular a pillars I've ever climbed, that has only formed during the winter of 04/05. Master of Puppets is a four pitch route that parralels the Upper Weeping pillar on the Icefileds Parkway, Alberta. (photo: Paul McSorley)