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December was great. We fully embraced winter by heading north towards Jasper, Alberta.  Along the way we got to climb Shades of Beauty:
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It was so unbearably cold with bullet proof ice at 5 degrees F, that we left the other nearby ice climbs untouched. 
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After a few days, it warmed to 15 degrees so we able to climb this fine looking waterfall where we had a mini-epic day:Stanley Sr.Stanley Senior

  • Greg’s ice axe malfunctioned 10 feet off the ground
  • Water poured all over us while we were climbing
  • Bad belay stance with ice pelting belayer
  • Carabiners froze shut so belayer stuck ½ way up climb
  • Scramble down avalanche slopes in the dark

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Probably one of our favorite ice routes ever was Kerkeslin Falls. Such a beautiful setting on a perfect day (25 F). The climb consisted of 3 pitches of flat out awesome funness.

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Our propane hose split and temperatures plummeted to -25 F. While we waited for a replacement part, we spent a few nights in a hotel room over Christmas (thanks, Mom). Obviously, the pets thought the room was for them.

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We ended our Christmas holidays by seeing the Hobbit and in 3D no less!

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