I'm itching to try a multipitch ice climb in the beginner/intermediate range and Sinatra Falls on Mt. Kidd looked like the ticket. This year unfortunately the snow has come early and the avi hazard in Kananaskis is beyond my comfort range. Kootenay Plains, just 15 minutes from Saskatchewan Crossing, is a grand spot with low snowfall and a pleasant spring fed frozen waterfall, perfect to open the season and gain experience for the moderate classics.
Alex Joseph has agreed to lead on this one and coax and coddle along us seconds. There are two spots open however I ask that you sign up only if you have some experience. The climb is rated W2 which means 60 degree ice though I expect a few short verticals and mushrooms. It is a beginner or easy intermediate climb. Pay careful attention to the gear list as everyone will need their own gear. This is not a single pitch climb so sharing gear other than a rope is not an option.
Grant McEwan Mountain Club
Two O'Clock Falls ** 120 m III, 2-3
Two O'Clock Falls is easily visible behind Cavalcade Campground in the Kootenay Plains a short distance west of Two O'Clock Creek (83 C/[masked]). Just west of Cavalcade Campground is a turnoff leading to a poor road. Park at the turnoff and follow the road in the general direction of the ice. You will eventually come to a clearing. From there, look for an indistinct trail or bushwhack to the ice. Note: There are a number of native ceremonial lodges in this clearing; it is crucial that you do not disturb these structures. This is private Nakoda treaty land
This wide expanse can be climbed in two or three pitches offering many lines of good ice. Rappel the left-hand side or thrash down steep trees to the left.
Two Ice tools
Plastic boots or very stiff mountaineering boot
Two 22cm Ice screws
Ice climbing crampons not mountaineering
two long slings
3 locking carabiners
3 pairs gloves waterproof
See winter scrambling gear under files for additional gear. Remember you will be belaying so make sure you have gear to stay warm while stationary.
Driving time approx 7 hours Climbing about 6 hours a long day.