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- Taken by
- Matthew Brucker
- Explore score
- 1.09 Gigapixels
- Date added
- February 14, 2013
- Date taken
- February 13, 2013
The Weeping Wall is (during the winter months) an enormous 1600 foot ice climb.
Here's the description from www.canadianrockiesice.com/ice-climbs/icefields-parkway-north/weeping-wall-lower /
One of the most famous ice climbs in the world, the Weeping Wall offers a number of great lines ranging from WI4 to WI5+. The most common lines are the Left Hand (WI4), the Central Pillar (WI5+), and the Right Hand (WI5), although numerous variations are possible. Another line known as Snivelling Gully is hidden on the left and goes at WI3, although it is often wet and/or snowy. A direct finish to Snivelling Gully goes at WI5, and is obvious when formed.
According to SummitPost.org
The Weeping Wall area on the Columbia Icefield Parkway is home to two of the most sought after waterfall ice climbing objectives anywhere, Polar Circus, 1600’ of V, WI 5 and Weeping Wall (tons of grades and lengths). The name of Polar Circus was derived from the original ascentor, Charlie Porter, who while complaining of suspect gear on the crux of the route, exclaimed the event was nothing more than a “Polish Circus”. Lower Weeping Wall itself is a curtain as wide as it is tall offering just about every grade level.
Weeping Wall is located on the east side of the Columbia Icefield Parkway just north of the Mount Wilson ice climbing area in Banff National Park, one of four connecting national parks making up the central Canadian Rockies.
Three critical factors make Weeping Wall popular:
1. Access- many routes are accessed just 15 minutes from your car
2. Southern Exposure- although you will lose the sun fairly early during the short winter afternoons
3. Rampart Creek Hostel- manned and open in the winter almost exclusively for ice climbers/skiers.