Photos by Leonard Maglalang

Ice climbing is an exciting technical sport and one of the key components of the Mountaineering skillset. It is a roped, protected climbing that typically features a frozen waterfall, icefall, rock slab covered with the frozen flow of water and other inclined ice formations. This season runs typically from November up to the end of April, depending on the temperatures.

In the winter season, many Filipinos stay at home because of the extreme cold temperatures in Alberta. But, some of us are actually excited and looking forward to winter because of the exciting outdoor activities that you can enjoy throughout the season.

Laura Kwok
Climber Laura Kwok at Troll Frozen Waterfall, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

K8 Mountaineering Club of Alberta intro to ice climbing took place this year at Troll Frozen Waterfall in Kananaskis Country. This is designed for beginner-members who wish to experience ice climbing. They are taught at a single pitch or top rope climbing. The top-roping is a climbing method that the climber is securely attached to a rope. The rope is passed through to an anchor to the belayer and a partner belays the climber from the base of the climb.

Using technical protection and equipment such as ice axes and crampons may sound intimidating, but everyone can try this fun sport without feeling like they need to boost upper body strength. The execution involves kicking and swinging your way up the frozen waterfall and if done properly, should feel very similar to climbing a ladder. The same as other technical sports, the correct technique, good coaching and proper instruction go a long way.

Filipinos are known for competitiveness and willingness to contribute and participate. It doesn’t matter if we are below one per cent of the climbing community around the world that does it. The important thing is we are part of it and we are doing something for us to grow.

Levi John Ramos, Executive Chairman of K8 Mountaineering Club of Alberta ones said: “Hindi na pangarap lang sa mga Pilipino ang umakyat sa bundok na may yelo.” This is big especially in a tropical country like the Philippines.

Today, whenever you see mountaineers doing Alpinism or Ice climbing, please remember we Pinoys contribute and participate in it as well and we are proud of what we do to help grow this community.

Leonard Maglalang is on the committee for multimedia for the K8 Mountaineering Club of Alberta.

K8 Mountaineering Club of Alberta
The K8 Mountaineering Club of Alberta at Troll Frozen Waterfall, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Interested in joining the K8 Mountaineering Club of Alberta? You may reach them at (587) 228-2989 or send and email to k8mountainclub.ab@gmail.com

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