A Bridge Too Far Area

Two new bolted mixed routes gaining the ice on "A Bridge Too Far"(300m IV, 4+). The route is located on the south face of Mt. Kidd in Kananaskis country, AB. Feb. 2001

Although "A Bridge....." is a 300m ice route the first 30m pitch is the gem and involves a freestanding pillar that forms every year in varying quantity and quality. This year there were several smaller pillars instead of one larger pillar.

Both routes begin from a large cave behind the main pillar. Climb 10 meters of WI 2 to gain the cave. Beware: the structural integrity of pillars is always suspect!!! The belayers as well as the leader are exposed if one was to break. We have the proof!

" Broken Bridges" 30m M6, WI 4

F.A. Rob Owens, Steve Pasmeny, Joe Buzowski, Graham Maclean, and guests.

Climbs up vertical rock and ice blobs past 5 bolts to a small dagger a left of the main ice flow. The rock at the start is M6; the moves getting on to the ice could be harder depending on the amount and quality of ice. Climb thin ice above or traverse right into the main flow. Includes 15 m of rock followed by 15 m of ice to a large ledge. The last bolt is high and left, and may be covered with ice. Rappel off ice or a large tree on the right side of the flow.

 

" Under the Bridge" 30m M8-, WI 4+

F.A. Rob Owens, Steve Pasmeny, Joe Buzowski, Graham Maclean, and guests.

Climbs directly out the back of the cave. Start with a few meters of ice to gain the rock and the first of 5 bolts. A good mix of technical and powerful moves, and funky ice climbing. Depending on the amount of ice you may need to do a considerable amount of chopping to exit the cave.