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Frozen Waterfalls

Updated on March 25, 2013

Frozen Waterfalls

Frozen Waterfall

A frozen waterfall will take your breath away-literally from the cold. Seriously, a frozen waterfall will captivate you, memorize you. You will never forget the beauty of what you came to see. Frozen waterfalls are everywhere in the Rocky Mountains, high up in the back country, close to the road, you'll be able to see a frozen waterfall during the winter seasons, except of course in the South were the winters are warmer. This is ideal and great for those who love to visit the Mountains in Canada, where the winters are much colder and lasts longer.

Experience the beauty of seeing a frozen waterfall but some would say there better climbed. Yes-climbed. Some who are daring and brave climb frozen waterfalls. For some its a hobby which is challenging and exciting. For others, it's the thrill of a new adventure. For what ever reason you choose, climbing a frozen waterfall can be and is a dangerous sport that demands respect and care.

The history of climbing a frozen waterfall started before 1970. Since then, it has grown to become a sport that is popular and common in the winter times. Who was the first to climb a frozen waterfall-no one knows for sure. One thing is sure though-many people have challenged themselves to climb a frozen waterfall from the height of 40 meters to as high as 1000 plus meters. These heights are taking in account of how much rope is used during the climb. The challenge can be very dangerous overhead of you, you need something to protect your head for when the avalanche of snow and ice fall. Head gear is an absolute must in the sport of climbing frozen waterfalls.

Christmas Day in the winter of 1974 the "Lower Weeping Wall" was climbed by two men which one discovered an aid technique which helped in climbing much more difficult slops for many other climbers who would follow. The levels of difficulty are measured in combination of length, commitment required, technical difficulty and seriousness. Many people only focus on the technical grade but when climbing a frozen waterfall many factors need to be taken into account. The climber will have to take into account the cold, just in a few hours the temperature can drop to -30C. The cold temperature can stay there for weeks, especially in January and February which are the coldest months in Canada. The sun is another factor, as the sun warms up it makes avalanche areas more extreme-be careful of falling snow, ice and rock. Surface water can make your climb very uncomfortable, especially in cold weather, your mitts will get soaked which can make your body temperature drop to hypothermia levels, your gear can also get dangerously frozen. There are other dangers to take into consideration when climbing a frozen waterfall but don't let these factors deter you away from the thrill of learning to climb a frozen waterfall.


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