10 May 2011
Raphael Slawinski and Joshua Lavinge have managed the first ascent of a new rout of ice and mixed on Mt Patterson (Alberta, Canada), called Tsunami (300 m, M5 WI5+),
"The route lies on the wall right of Riptide, and when formed is obvious. The first two pitches trend first right, then back left, on steep snow and low-angled rock, to a snowfield. On the first ascent the ice did not come all the way down to the snow, and was accessed by climbing a loose but well-protected crack system on the left. The final three pitches climb gradually thickening ice to - and through - the serac barrier. The serac capping the route appears to be benign, but one never knows with seracs."
Video on Vimeo by Joshua Lavinge
Source: blog Raphael Slawinski
The peach by Raph Slawinski with Grant Meekins, an impressive bolt-free mixed line, (WI 5 M8) at Storm Creek.