Ice Climbing at Folly Lake

Posted on January 26, 2020 in Climbing

Directly between Moncton and Halifax is a nondescript spot on the side of the road with a footpath stomped in the snow. We pack our gear and don our boots and head down the footpath a short distance to the top of the main ice wall above the Folly River. Anchors are setup, and we quickly repel down to the snow on the bank of the frozen Folly River.

Setting up anchors at the top of the main ice wall above the Folly River.

Setting up anchors at the top of the main ice wall above the Folly River.

We had warm temperatures, no wind, food and lots of ice. A bonus for me was that the river was mostly frozen over so it made access to ice walls on the other side a breeze. The last time I was here was last year. At that time some of our crew decided to cross the river on a horizontal rope and it was a very difficult task for them due to th rope being too dynamic.

The Folly River is frozen this year, and easily ford.

The Folly River is frozen this year, and easily ford.

It was a good day climbing. I did two routes on the main ice wall and two more across the river. I definitely challenged myself and learned some more. I am new to the sport and finally this year I have the correct gear making it a bit easier again. Just have to work on the calf muscles in the old legs. They can sting a bit on the way up.

Myself on a route across the river. Photo by Lylia.

Myself on a route across the river. Photo by Lylia.

Dan on Ice From across the Folly River Dan moves the rope. Lylia on the short route. Person, Lylia, and dan belaying on the main wall. Emily on the main wall.

Ice Climbing at Folly Lake

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