Climb a glowing ice wall in the Edmonton River Valley

Feb 2 2021, 2:35 pm

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We bet you’ve never seen anything like this in the city before, Edmontonians!

Created as a partnership between the Alpine Club of Canada’s Edmonton section and the Edmonton Ski Club, this three-storey artificial ice wall is the city’s first and only ice climbing facility.

It was built to bring new participants to the sport as well as to provide a spot for local ice climbers to hone their skills without driving out to the mountains.

“The ice wall combines Edmontonians’ love of the outdoors, recreation, and adventure to create an exciting new activity for all,” says the Alpine Club of Canada.

“Our long cold winters and large population make for an ideal location for this facility.”

For the first timers or less frequent climbers, the ACC Ice Wall has rental gear (boots, crampons, harness, and ice tools) and lessons or orientations available.

Seasoned pros can simply reserve a drop-in spot — just make sure it’s at the same time as your climbing partner!

Beyond its practical use, the wall is illuminated with colourful lights at night, making the ice glow and creating a beautiful art piece.

Climbers also get an amazing view of downtown Edmonton from the wall.

 

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Drop-in bookings are $19 (or $12 for weekday daytime slots), rentals are $15, and belay checks are provided free of charge to earn an ACC Ice Wall belay tag. Lessons and orientations start at $15.

The ice wall is located right at the Edmonton Ski Club, so visitors can also combine their climb with some skiing or tubing!

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