Home page Planetmountain.com

arrowNewsarrowHelmcken Falls: difficult new ice climbs in Canada

Angelika Rainer repeating Clash of Titans WI10+ at Helmcken Falls, Canada on 14/02/2014
Photo by Klaus Dell'Orto

Helmcken Falls: difficult new ice climbs in Canada

16.02.2014 by Planetmountain

Difficult new ice climbs have been established at the Helmcken Falls in Canada by Will Gadd, Tim Emmett and Klemen Premrl. The latter two have made the first asent of Clash of Titans WI10+, repeated on Friday by Angelika Rainer.

It's that time of year again: time for Helmcken Falls in Canada, that fantastic cave "discovered" four years ago by Canada's Will Gadd and by England's Tim Emmett who in 2010 made the first ascent of Spray On, a line described by the Canadian as "the coolest ice I've ever seen or climbed, anywhere in the world.".

In 2012 Emmett teamed up with Slovenia's Klemen Premrl and the two bolted and freed the route Wolverine, for which they proposed - for the first time ever - the grade WI11, and over the last few days the duo has obviously continued to forge new lines. The latest creation was freed last Wednesday and is called Clash of Titans. Climbed ground-up, it is graded WI10+ and according to Emmett offers "about 50m of climbing, but you only need an 80m rope because it overhangs a lot." The first repeat came about quickly; during a lightening trip to the Falls, Italy's Angelika Rainer came up trumps on Friday, telling Planetmountain "The route is really beautiful, the location absolutely fantastic. The craziest route I've everdone!"

All that needs adding is that Will Gadd has just freed another difficult line, meaning that there are about 10 climbs in the cave right now, of which two go all the way to the top. Emmett's predicition seems spot on: the cave really is "the future, for those that want to adventure into it."

Share this page

SEARCH news

ZONE

CATEGORY

Full text search

AUTHOR

Planetmountain.com logo
Planetmountain.com is updated daily: news, rock climbing, walks, trekking, alpinism, freeride skiing, ski mountaineering, snowboarding and ice climbing on the mountains worldwide. Furthermore, climbing techniques explained, gear & book reviews, expert advice, mountain photography, interviews and competition reports.
FORUM
CLASSIFIEDS
Recent Comments
  • Via Paola
    ripetuta per la quarta volta, mi sento di proporre questi gr ...
    2014-09-01 / Niccol%C3%B2 Antonello
  • Chimera Verticale
    Ripetuta il 29 agosto 2014 con Martin Dejori. Bellissima via ...
    2014-08-30 / Alex Walpoth
  • Costantini - Apollonio
    Caro Checco, gli spit sono rispuntati, qualcuno in sosta, qu ...
    2014-08-29 / Angelo Bon
  • Diretta Consiglio
    Salita tanti anni fa, nel 1969, ovviamente senza friend (che ...
    2014-08-18 / renzo%20 Bragantini