Carlsberg Column

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

ozman , Sunday 14th March, 2021 6:50PM

There was a reasonable freeze overnight -5C at 8:00am. There was avy debris on the approach, perhaps in the last few days, but what you might expect to see this time of year. Wind was calm & there was light cloud cover. Approach ice was hooked out. The main pillar was wet down the middle with several lines either side of centre.The upper pitch was dripping closest to the belay, a dry (plastic) line is off to the left. There is a 2 ring anchor (the tree use to be the anchor) to the right of the tree at the top of the 2nd pitch. Ice quality was awesome, plenty of features to hook on P1, & plastic ice on P2. We were back to the car by 2:00pm, temps were +6C. Although there were no indicators of solar input (pin wheeling, snow falling off trees etc) the firm trail up was now a soft trail down. Climbs under Mt Stephen looked fine, Silk Tassel looked over.

Weather conditions were: Cloudy.