Ice Breakers 

The fringe culture of ice climbing

click to flip through (5) PHOTO BY CHRIS CHRISTIE. - Tim Emmett walking through the blocks of ice towards the base of Helmcken Falls, British Columbia. Here, the climbing route called 'Wolverine' is the world's only known example of a WI11 grade (system which measures the difficulty of routes on water ice). This ranking denotes previously unheard of climbing running steep to horizontal through fragile stalactites of spray ice.
  • Photo by Chris Christie.
  • Tim Emmett walking through the blocks of ice towards the base of Helmcken Falls, British Columbia. Here, the climbing route called 'Wolverine' is the world's only known example of a WI11 grade (system which measures the difficulty of routes on water ice). This ranking denotes previously unheard of climbing running steep to horizontal through fragile stalactites of spray ice.