• Date - 04/03/2019
  • Elevation - < 7,000'
  • Route - Guinness Gully
  • Miles - 1.0
  • Elevation Gain - 1,000'
  • ACME Mapper - Not Applicable
  • CalTopo - Not Applicable
  • Partners - Brian Kooienga


On our four days of climbing it seems as though we alternated between a great day and a good day.  The climb of Guinness Gully had us back on a great day.  We scouted the route the previous evening on our way to the Emerald Lake Lodge and were excited for the day.  The drive and approach are both really short.  I led pitch 1 and Brian led pitch 2.  There is a bit of snow slogging to get up to the enormous last piece of ice.  We broke it into two pitches with Brian leading the lower half to a ledge for pitch 3 and then I finished pitch 4 to the top.  The climbing on all four pitches was stiff for our abilities, but we managed well and had a good time with favorable ice conditions.  Similar to Professor Falls, the climb had ledges between each pitch for easy belaying like several climbs in Cody, Wyoming.  We rappelled down and found ourselves back at the Truffle Pig Bistro for a late lunch.  After we ate, we drove back to Lake Louise, Alberta, and checked into the Lake Louise Inn where we would be staying for the next two nights.


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